Man accused of breaking into church that offered him help - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man accused of breaking into church that offered him help

Surveillance video recorded by cameras inside the church show the crime. Surveillance video recorded by cameras inside the church show the crime.

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis man is suspected a robbing a church that helped him just days before.

According to COGIC Pastor Aaron Litzsey, the suspect was first seen at New Bethel during a community outreach event.

"At first, he just said, 'I'm so hungry, I'm just so hungry,'" Litzsey said.

Church members fed the man, and tried to help him.

"He told us that his wife had left him and his father didn't want to have anything to do with him," Litzsey said. "We talked to him. We prayed with him and shared with him the plan of salvation."

Church staff even sent the man off with some supplies. But that wasn't enough, because the man returned overnight, breaking in through a chapel window.

The man ransacked several rooms throughout the building, raided the sanctuary, and along with an accomplice, stole thousands of dollars worth of electronic equipment.

"He needs to be off the streets," Litzsey said.

Litzsey believes the man's name is Keather Emmons, and found his mug shot in a recent issue of 'Just Busted!' Surveillance video recorded by cameras inside the church show Emmons and the second suspect who was also involved.

"I looked and I said I know that guy, because we spent a long time talking to him," Litzsey said.

While police search for Emmons, New Bethel will keep reaching out to the community.

"We're encouraged even more to keep doing good," Litzsey said.

The suspect left behind the tools he used to break-in, including a hammer and a butter knife that got bent while jimmying open the door.

If you have information about the break-in, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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