Suspect wanted for 4th of July break-in at San Antonio church

Man caught on tape stealing TVs from Community Bible Church

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio Police and Crime Stoppers of San Antonio are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect who broke into a North Side Church on the Fourth of July.

The break-in at the Community Bible Church occurred around 1:15 p.m. on July 4 and the crime was caught on tape by the church's video surveillance cameras.

Executive Pastor Chris Emmitt said his holiday was interrupted by a call letting him know about the break-in.

"I was going down for a great 4th of July nap after barbecue and hot dogs when I got a phone call from our facility manager and he said we'd had a break-in." Emmitt recalled.

When Emmitt arrived, he saw one of the glass doors had been shattered by a softball-sized rock.

"Obviously there was nobody around, so they just came in with a rock, smashed the window and were in and out in about two and a half minutes," Emmitt said.

In that short time the suspect can be seen using tables to climb high enough to reach two flat screen TVs in the lobby.

While the cameras never got a good look at the suspect's face they did capture his rather unique looking shirt.

Investigators hope someone will see the video footage and recognize that distinctive shirt and turn the man in.

While he's disappointed and wants justice, Emmitt said he's also willing to forgive and forget.

"You realize that people do have sinful natures and you just realize that's part of the world we live in," Emmitt said. "These things happen, it's certainly not going to stop church. Church has been happening for two thousand years, and so, missing a couple of flat screen televisions, we kept right on plugging along. We'll get them replaced and move on."

If you have any information about the break-in call Crime Stoppers at 210-224-STOP. They will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

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