Caught on camera: Women steal purse during Christmas Eve Mass

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GREENLAWN -

Police are searching for the suspects who were caught on camera stealing a purse at a church in Greenlawn on Christmas Eve.

In surveillance video, you can see two women leaving St. Francis of Assisi Church with a purse underneath a blue jacket. Police say the two women stole it from another woman who was praying inside.

The entire incident was caught on security cameras recently installed by the church.

Around 6:30 p.m., you see the suspects walk into the church and sit in the back. 

As people leave the pews to go up to receive Holy Communion, the two women leave their seats and one swipes an unattended bag. Police are looking for the suspects.

Parishioner Cathy Turnbull says she never leaves her purse behind.

The pastor of the church, Father Peter, will be reminding parishioners of the same thing and has typed up a message for Sunday's upcoming bulletin.

Police say the credit cards in the purse were subsequently used at multiple locations.

Anyone with information is asked to please call Suffolk Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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