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Ky. Man Caught at Christian Bookstore • Wednesday February 26, 2003

AP, Feb. 26, 2003

“Thou shalt not use a stolen credit card” isn’t one of the Ten Commandments. But it seems like wise advice, especially after a man accused of stealing from several churches was tracked down through a purchase at a Christian bookstore.

Cecil T. Turner, 50, of Louisville, is accused of rummaging through at least three churches and stealing money and a credit card, police spokesman Terry Cox said.

Turner, who is being held on $5,000 bond, pleaded innocent Monday to charges stemming from the allegations. He is scheduled for a hearing next week.

On Friday, an employee at one of the churches Grace Heartland Church reported a credit card missing from her purse. The credit card company was notified, and they told police the card had just been used at the Lifeway Christian Bookstore in Elizabethtown.

A manager at the Alpha Omega Bookstore called police. Turner was arrested about 15 minutes later for fraudulent use of a credit card and three counts of third-degree burglary. He was also cited for driving on a suspended license.

“He bought 10 copies of a Bible study called ‘Making Peace With Your Past’ and a follow-up study called ‘Moving Beyond Your Past,’” bookstore manager Jonathan Gallegly said.

The books allegedly purchased by Turner were found in the car along with a receipt that matched the stolen credit card. The missing money and the card were found in Turner’s pockets, Cox said.

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