Deputies ID suspect wanted for stealing purses at New Bern church

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NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) The Craven County Sheriff’s Office has identified the suspect responsible for stealing purses from New Life Church.

Deputies said that the suspect Mark Ashley Smith is homeless and his location is unknown.

The senior pastor of New Life Church, Scott Coghill tells 9 On Your Side that it all happened when women who were volunteering with the church were inside taking down Christmas decorations.

Coghill said that cell phones, wallets, purses, and other personal belongings were taken by Smith.

A door was unlocked in the church so that the volunteers could go in and out of the church.

Coghills wife was one of the victims of smith theft.

“My message to him is if you need help, just ask. You don’t have to take it. But we’re thankful more than anything that most of the belongings we did find them. He had stashed them somewhere, somebody found them we were able to collect that.” said Scott Coghill, Senior Pastor of New Life Church

Coghill adds that he’s most thankful that the women who were in the church at the time are safe. He says the Lord was good to them at that moment.

Smith has been sleeping in his 2004 white Buick Lasabre with North Carolina registration HDK-8132 and is originally from Lenoir. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Craven County Sheriff’s Office at 252-636-6620, Craven County Communications at 252-633-2357, or your local law enforcement agency. 

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NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) The Craven County Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify a suspect wanted for stealing purses from New Life Church in New Bern.

The incident was reported on Old Cherry Point Road Tuesday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Craven County Communications at 252-633-2357 or Craven County Sheriff’s Office at 252-636-6620.

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