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Video shows suspect in thefts from Pueblo church

$1,500 in electronic equipment stolen, pastor says

Suspected Church Thief Sought in Pueblo

PUEBLO, Colo. - A recently-installed surveillance camera at First Church of the Nazarene in Pueblo shows a man believed to have taken church property under the pretense of seeking help.

The church is on Stanford Avenue, just north of South High School.

Rev. James Murray said the church installed the camera after noticing a theft in August.  A second theft occurred in September, he said, and the man is caught in the act by the camera during a third theft last month.

"We didn't make the connection until then," Murray said.  "Each time he came in asking for help.  He asked to pray, and we let him.  Usually there's no reason to stand over someone and watch them."

Police said they hope someone recognizes the man and helps identify him to learn if he may be committing similar thefts in other locations.

Musical equipment including a microphone and an amplifier were stolen, Murray said.

He said the church will continue to help people in need, but the church's everyday routine will change.

"We do lock the doors now," Murray said.  "It's not an open-door policy like it used to be.  We'll get information from each person we assist and hopefully some valid ID so we can keep a better record of who we're helping, things like that."

If you recognize the man in the video, call Pueblo police at 719-553-2538.

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