Authorities look for 2 suspects in theft from Tuscaloosa church ministry

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (WIAT) – Tuscaloosa County Police are looking for two suspects who allegedly stole items worth thousands of dollars from the Wings of Grace Church ministry in the community of Holt.

“For several months now, people have been stealing clothes, shoes, handbags, blankets, household clothes, tables, paintings and furniture,” said Terri Hibbard, director of the Wings of Grace ministry. “We have had several occurrences where people have taken our items that have been fenced off on church property by slipping them under fences or going over them and pulling stuff.”

The incident happened last Wednesday morning. Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigators say they are looking for a man and woman who drove a white SUV. The suspects reportedly dug a hole in the fence and stole the items. The male suspect is seen on CCTV spraying spray paint on the camera lens. We then hear the man laughing.

Lt. Kenneth Abrams says his investigators are working hard to find the two responsible for the theft.

“They do good things for the people who need them and you get out of it. And this is not good. So we have to get them off the streets and make them pay for what they have done, ”Abrams said.

Wings of Grace collects donated goods like clothes, shoes and handbags, then distributes them to needy families who need help. Hibbard wants criminals arrested and prosecuted.

“They did more damage by spray painting our cameras, our motion detectors and cutting down our brand new fence so it wasn’t just stealing his damaging property from the Lord’s property,” Hibbard said.

This is not the first time that the department has been victimized. Investigators say thieves also stole goods from Wings of Grace in November 2020.

Charles K. Eckert