AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Surveillance video at an Augusta church shows a man walking through the court yard as the congregation is released from Sunday service. Coming up behind him is a church administrator carrying the collection money in a bank bag. Witnesses say the man came into the church, and then exited out a side door with the bag of money tucked between his arms.
"It's sad that he stole from a church. That's as low as you can get," one parishioner said.
Here at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, parishioners are baking Greek cookies. It's just one preparation for the annual Greek festival coming up, the church's biggest fundraiser of the year.
"We need every penny we've got," one church member said. Our church isn't like everyone else; not as floundering like all the other churches."
A lot of the stolen loot was written checks, which investigators say robbers usually dump in the Savannah River since checks are too risky to cash.
"I'd like to know who it was. I'd like to catch him, because if I did, he wouldn't rob anybody again," said Chuck Vallas, a church member.
Now deputies need the public's help in identifying the thief. Church members say he doesn't belong to their church, and pray the man is caught as soon as possible.