Troopers: Man Stole Purse From Church During Sunday Mass

Wilmington – The Delaware State Police are investigating the theft of a church volunteer’s purse that occurred while she was attending mass on Sunday, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the incident occurred at approximately 12:11 p.m., Sunday, November 4, 2018, at St. Helena’s Church, located at 610 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington. A 74-year-old female, church volunteer placed her purse on a chair in the Sacristy as she assisted with preparations for mass. During the mass, the suspect in the photos entered the Sacristy and surveyed the room and before making off with the purse, according to Austin.

The suspect is described as a bearded, heavy set white male, 25-35 years of age, wearing a black coat, blue jeans, baseball hat and blue and white sneakers.

Anyone with information regarding the identity or whereabouts of the pictured suspect is asked to contact Cpl. J. Joannides at Troop 1 by calling 761-6677.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at


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