VIDEO: Woman’s purse snatched during prayer at Florida church

NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they’re looking for a man who stole an 84-year-old woman’s purse while she was praying in a Florida church.

A Broward Sheriff’s Office news release says the theft happened at Our Lady Queen of Heaven in North Lauderdale on Dec. 20.

Surveillance video shows a man walking into the small chapel area and sitting down in the back. After a few seconds, he stands and begins to pace. He eventually sneaks up and takes a purse from the chair next to the woman and walks out a nearby door. The woman notices a few moments later and attempts to follow, but the man has already disappeared.

The release says the purse was recovered two days later at a nearby cemetery, but the woman’s wallet and money were gone. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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