Church members think suspect who stole donation money may be hitting other places of worship

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A metro church was shocked to learn that someone made off with donation money during its morning service Sunday. Church members say the suspect stole the money they had raised for families in need this Christmas.

FOX 4 spoke with a church member who didn’t want her identity shown. She says she now feels unsafe in the only place she thought she didn’t have to worry.

“Some of our church members noticed someone in the building who was not someone we recognized.”

But members at the Zion United Church Of Christ welcomed the man with open arms. They say he walked in, sat down, and started drinking coffee and had a donut. The next thing they knew, he was gone.

“After church we noticed that the envelope was gone.”

An envelope that held donations to their Christmas family ministry had vanished. Church members held a quilt raffle and all donations raised were set to go to families in need this holiday season. Within a few seconds, it was all gone.

“I feel sick that someone would feel like they should come into a church and steal when they could've just asked us for help. We would've helped them.”

Church members began posting on Facebook about the robbery, giving the suspect’s description. Several other churches in the metro chimed in, saying they too had been robbed by the same man.

“We would've helped them if they would've asked. If they needed gas money or food for groceries, we would've helped them.”

She says while her feeling of security was taken away after the service this morning. It will not stop the church from opening their doors to anyone in need.

“We're not gonna lock our doors. We're not gonna not allow people into our building, this is a place of worship.”

The suspect is described as black male in his 40s, wearing a KU hoodie.

Church members did file a police report. No arrests have been made in the case.

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