Suspect steals credit card from woman praying at local Catholic church, documentation says

HOUSTON – A suspect appears to have ignored the ‘Thou shalt not steal’ command when he stole a woman’s credit cards while she was praying in the chapel of St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church – then took a spree shopping, according to court records.

Brian Keith Wilson, 56, has been charged with credit/debit card abuse following the March 31 incident.

According to court records, the woman, aged around 65, went to light a candle outside the chapel and pray, and when she returned to the pew where she was sitting, she noticed her handbag was missing. She was then reportedly told by her bank that her credit card had been charged 96.1 at a Wal-Mart located at 2391 S. Wayside Dr.

A witness, who works at the church, told investigators he knew Wilson and said he often came into the church and asked church members for money, court records show. The witness provided indoor camera video of Wilson stealing the woman’s purse out of the chapel as she lit the candle. Although the video shows the suspect wearing a mask, investigators were able to identify him through the clothing.

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According to documents, investigators recovered photos from the Wal-Mart where the purchase was made and showed Wilson wearing the same clothes at the time of the incident at the church.

A warrant for Wilson’s arrest has been issued.

Records also show Wilson has a long criminal history involving robbery, auto theft and robbery.

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