(KMOV.com) – A custodian at the First Baptist Church of Chesterfield is accused of stealing checks from the congregation.
Authorities said 24-year-old Douglas Wallace Jr. stole 10 checks which totaled around $2000 before cashing them at various locations around the St. Louis area. Wallace is facing felony forgery chargers. The church’s pastor said it is a first for the congregation.
“Of course it’s heartbreaking, because any parent knows what it’s like to have a child make a mistake, and this is pretty significant,” said Pastor TD Stubblefield.
The church was able to put a stop on the checks.
“For us, the biggest loss is the spiritual loss,” Stubblefield said.
Stubblefield said his job to provide a spiritual role while the legal system runs its course.
“The Bible says we have all sinned and come short. What I would want, especially for our young people and especially African American youth is that one mistake should not be a vertical your whole life. If you’re surrounded by family that loves you, and a church that loves you, then there is always hope,” Stubblefield said.