Thief steals pastor's wallet in Frankfort church

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - It's not Sunday, or even wednesday, but investigators say this guy is cleaning up and we're not talking about his "Sunday best."

"Capitol City church has an open door policy and it's open to anybody. (It's) very caring, very giving, and it's a shame that somebody went in and took advantage of one of its pastors," stated Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton.

"If we have it within our capabilities to help people, we're going to do our very best to do that," explained Jon Sutphin, Associate Pastor of Capitol City Christian Church.

Yet this church prefers to know that they're helping someone; rather than finding out someone is helping themselves to things inside the church.

"Around 10:30 this morning, our children's minister, Chris Dove, noticed that he couldn't locate his wallet," described Sutphin, "(He) began to look a little bit more. I think he might have even driven home, just across town, to check at his house and didn't find it there."

Dove, didn't want to comment on camera, but did say he left his office unlocked as he moved around getting things ready for the church's Easter egg hunt on Saturday.

As time passed, nerves took over and a short time later bogus withdrawals turned up on his bank account. Investigators say their suspect was caught on camera at the Shell Station in Midway after they say he withdrew the money from the pastor's card.

"$500 was taken out of their checking account," specified Sutphin.

"To think that anybody would steal anything from a church, it's just unthinkable," said Sheriff Melton.

The sheriff continued to say the victim unfortunately had his PIN number inside his wallet, which allowed the suspect to use the ATM.

"We just need help in getting him identified, so we can bring him to justice," stated Sheriff Melton.

After seeing the photo of the suspect, the staff at the church realized they'd walked right past him earlier in the day. However, Sutphin says it's not out of the ordinary for people to walk into the church looking for help or there for other programs inside the building. So they thought nothing of it, except Dove said he did notice the man's shirt.

"It's a shame that these kinds of things happen, but they're happening all over the place; in grocery stores, in food marts, in banks, in restaurants. What's to keep it from happening here?" summarized Sutphin.

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