Police seek man who stole from church

Surveillance photo of suspect in robbery of televisions at Family Worship Center in Hartford.

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford police are asking for the public’s help to find a man they say broke into a church, stole two flat screen TVs and walked away with them.

“You wonder what type of person would do that, to know that this is a church,” said Pastor Cecil Hume of Family Worship Center.

It happened last Thursday. Surveillance video from the Blue Hills Ave. church shows everything was planned out. According to police the suspected burglar went inside the church during a bible study. He was able to deactivate the alarm, unlock a window without anyone knowing. He then came back the next morning and got inside.

Video captured the man first ripping a smaller 40″ Insignia TV off the wall. The signs of it are still visible. He then went out a back door and down an alley to make his escape.

He later came back to steal the larger 60 inch Sharp LED flat screen, which has since been replaced.

Surveillance photo of suspect in robbery of televisions at Family Worship Center in Hartford.
Surveillance photo of suspect in robbery of televisions at Family Worship Center in Hartford.

Pastor Hume says he noticed exactly what happened when he came in just a few hours later. “I notice first of all the 60 inch TV with all the announcements was missing and the chair that he used to stand on, and a hammer was on the floor.”

Hartford police are hoping someone will recognize the man and call them. In a news release police said:

The suspect is this case appeared to be a black male, with short hair, thin built, approximately 5’08”, in his late teens or early twenties. The suspect was wearing; brown hooded sweat shirt, baseball hat, red T-shirt under his sweat shirt, dark colored pants, adidas (black and white) sneakers and carrying a blue Yankees string book bag.

While Pastor Hume wants him caught, he also says he wants some good to come from this.

“I want to just ask him a few questions; is that what you want your life to be better. You can do better. I want to tell him that he can do better.”

Anyone who has information about the robbery or recognizes the man in the images is asked to contact contact Detective S. McGrath at 860-757-4429.

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