Police: Pastor Caught Burglarizing Church Member’s Home

In January 2011, Nonsensical News on February 12, 2011 at 11:06 am
Police: Pastor with criminal record caught burglarizing church member’s home

by Jonathan Betz / WFAA

DALLAS — Never has Serita Agnew’s faith been so shaken.

Police told her that the person who stole fur coats and laptop computers from her home was not a random criminal… but her trusted pastor.

The alleged crime took place on Christmas Eve.

“I’m still having a hard time,” Agnew said. “I don’t know what it was about.”

She said her pastor, Sandy McGriff, called her on Christmas Eve, shortly before the break-in. A short time later, police said a neighbor spotted the 52-year-old preacher breaking a window and climbing in.

Arriving officers said they caught McGriff loading her car with Agnew’s furs and purses — and then resisted arrest.

“It’s not like she needed them; she didn’t need them, she has fabulous things,” Agnew said.

McGriff has been preaching for years; she’s part of a well-known spiritual family in South Dallas. She recently began holding services in a small chapel in the back of her husband’s furniture store.

“My biggest mistake was going through… going through the window,” McGriff told WFAA, KENS 5’s sister station, explaining that she was checking on Agnew on Christmas Eve and she caught two men breaking in.

McGriff said she climbed through the window so she could protect Agnew’s property. She said she couldn’t find the key to the house.

But why not just call the police? “My mistake,” she said. “I should have.”

Record show McGriff has a lengthy criminal past and goes by several aliases.

Police booked her under the name “Kathy Robinson,” which McGriff concedes is a fake.

“Everyone has a past,” she said. “I am a giver, not a taker. I’m not a burglar.”

McGriff admits taking pain medication, but insists she’s been clean since the late 1980s.

Serita Agnew has her belongings back, but she worries about what’s been lost.

“She seems to have this connection with God; she seems to be a woman of God,” Agnew said. “I made a decision not to let it shake my faith.”

McGriff said she will plead not guilty to the theft charge. She told WFAA her faith remains strong, and she even held Sunday services just hours after being released from jail

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