Woman charged with stealing from church

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- Someone who walked into the Higher Ground Baptist Church took the low road out.

Police in Kingsport have charged 25-year-old Cassie K. Chapman with felony theft after a bass guitar that was stolen from the church showed up at a pawn shop less than a mile away.

Surveillance video from the church showed two women and a small child walking in on March 30, according to the Associated Press.

A court affidavit states a pawn shop employee called police and said the shop had just bought the instrument for $20. Video from the store showed the same woman as the church surveillance did.

Chapman was arrested at a motel on Thursday. She was held Friday at the Kingsport Jail, where records did not show whether she had an attorney.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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