Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Local Grinch Steals Purses -- From Church

Posted By on Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 3:30 PM

click to enlarge The Kirkwood Police want to know if you've seen this man -- perhaps in the neighboring pew. - COURTESY OF THE KIRKWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT
  • Courtesy of the Kirkwood Police Department
  • The Kirkwood Police want to know if you've seen this man -- perhaps in the neighboring pew.
It was one of those dubious "Welcome to St. Louis!" moments we'd prefer to forget: Attending our first mass here at the Cathedral Basilica, we joined the queue for communion -- only to be tapped by a man in the row behind us. "Miss," said the stranger, "I wouldn't leave your purse there in the pew. Someone might take it, you know."

In church? We wondered. In full view of hundreds of parishioners? Good Lord -- we really aren't in Kansas anymore. (And, more to the point perhaps, we really must be in America's Most Dangerous City!)

And, as it turns out, our fellow worshiper was onto something: Kirkwood Police are now looking for a dude who's been helping himself to unattended purses in churches across the St. Louis region.


Per the Post-Dispatch:

Police think he goes into local churches and parochial schools and takes the wallets from purses that are left unattended.

He then takes credit cards from the purses and uses the credit cards to buy pre-paid gift cards at area Walgreens.

Pretty depressing. The good news, though, is that the cops think they have a photo of the guy. So if you've seen the greedy old grinch pictured above -- perhaps even at a worship service near year -- call the Kirkwood cops at 314-984-5905.

Tags: ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 19, 2022

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2022 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation