Envelope with cash snatched from elderly pastor's pocket, HPD says

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Video shows moment pastor was robbed outside church
DO YOU RECOGNIZE HIM? HPD needs your help identifying the robber who stole an envelope full of money from a pastor outside of his southwest Houston church.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Police are asking for help from the community in the search for a suspect they said robbed an elderly pastor outside of his own church in southwest Houston.

Officials with the Houston Police Department's Robbery Division released a video of the incident that happened on May 26 in the 11200 block of Beechnut.

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In the video, you see the man following behind the woman, before he forcibly grabs a moneybag from her.

At about 1:30 p.m., police said the pastor arrived to his church after leaving the bank.

The pastor reportedly had an envelope full of money in the front pocket of his shirt as he was heading towards the doors of the church.

Authorities said that's when a man suddenly approached him before snatching the envelope and running.

Officers said the suspect fled the scene in a black four-door older model Audi with dark tint.

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The suspect was described as a Black man standing between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, weighing about 250 pounds.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).