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Church Parishioners Targeted by Purse, Wallet Thief


Rash of thefts reported at churches in Thousand Oaks and Camarillo. (File photo)

Detectives in Ventura County are investigating a rash of thefts taking place in churches in Thousand Oaks and Camarillo.

Investigators say a man is suspected of stealing money and credit cards from women’s purses and wallets left unattended during church services, according to Thousand Oaks Police.

A suspected thief is described as a white man in his 20s with blond or brown spiked hair.

He may be driving a dark brown or gray minivan, police said.

Authorities are advising parishioners to keep their personal property with them at all times, even in church.

Anyone with information was urged to call Ventura County sheriff’s officials at 805- 654-9511.