Thief strikes three churches in Breathitt County

JACKSON, Ky. (WYMT)- A thief is stealing from vehicles on holy ground.

Police say a thief hit three churches this month. They say the thief looked for women's purses, trying to steal items inside.

"People come here for a safe haven," said Pastor Fred Finley of Word Ablaze Christian Center, the first house of worship to be hit.

One supposed purse was actually a backpack that contained an electronic toy, belonging to a seven-year-old girl. Police also say the thief used a card from one vehicle to shop at two Jackson businesses.

The card theft also opened the door for identity theft, said Jackson Police Chief Kenneth Spicer.

"Just a complete history of their life, and easy to find out, you know, all their information, you get in their bank records," the chief said.

Finley forgave the thief, but remains worried.

"I'm sure every pastor and every congregation is full of forgiveness, but, you know, it's very disturbing to have our people traumatized."

Police are looking for a blonde, heavy-set woman between 35 and 45. They say she drove a white or gray 2004 Dodge Durango.

One of the churches had security cameras, and its members are still working to find the video from the time of the theft, so police can use that video to investigate the crime.

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