Woman's purse snatched during prayer at church

Posted at 7:29 PM, Dec 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-29 19:29:43-05

NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they're looking for a man who stole an 84-year-old woman's purse while she was praying in a Florida church.

A Broward Sheriff's Office news release says the theft happened at Our Lady Queen of Heaven in North Lauderdale on Dec. 20.

Surveillance video shows a man walking into the small chapel area and sitting down in the back. After a few seconds, he stands and begins to pace. He eventually sneaks up and takes a purse from the chair next to the woman and walks out a nearby door. The woman notices a few moments later and attempts to follow, but the man has already disappeared.

The release says the purse was recovered two days later at a nearby cemetery, but the woman's wallet and money were gone.