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Suspect caught on camera stealing from church

Thomasville Police need your help identifying this man who stole hundreds from a church. Thomasville Police need your help identifying this man who stole hundreds from a church.
First United Methodist Church in Thomasville First United Methodist Church in Thomasville
Lt. Maurice Holmes Lt. Maurice Holmes
Floyd White Floyd White
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -  Thomasville Police need your help to identify a man caught on camera stealing hundreds of dollars from First United Methodist Church.

Church members said this crime is especially hard to understand.

The surveillance video may be blurry, but investigators hope someone can help identify this man. 

Lieutenant Maurice Holmes with the Thomasville Police Department said, “Any time you have someone breaking into a church, a place of worship, it's a really highly aggravating crime at that point, due to the sensitivity of it being a place of worship.”

Investigators said someone broke into the front office of the Thomasville First United Methodist Church over the weekend and got away with close to $300. 

Church Administrator Floyd White said, “It makes it hard for us to focus on worship and what we are here for.  We're here as a body of believers who want to make a difference in our community and we lose focus when we have to deal with this type of thing.”

Investigators are not sure how the suspect got into the church, but they found blood near a window where it seems the suspect cut himself trying to break in. 

“We do have samples. And we plan on sending it over to the crime lab for processing and analysis,” said Lt. Holmes. 

Church members said they're happy that surveillance cameras that were already installed were able to capture the suspect leaving the church.  

But they're taking extra steps to make sure this doesn't happen again. 

White said, “This morning we have a security company out here adding additional motion detectors in our offices and around campus.”

If you have any information regarding the man in this video, you are asked to call Thomasville Police at 229-227-3249. 

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