A Dallas pastor has been arrested and charged with burglary after she was caught breaking into a parishioner's home and loading up thousands of dollars worth of clothes and accessories. But the pastor denies the charges, saying instead she was just tending to her flock:
DALLAS - Prominent south Dallas pastor Sandra McGriff burglarized the home of her parishioner on Christmas Eve, police said.
McGriff, leads The Church of the Living God and is a member of a politically active family, spent much of Christmas Day in jail.
According to investigators, 51-year-old McGriff broke into Serita Agnew's home and tried to steal more than $10,000 worth of fur coats, designer purses and electronics.
They said a neighbor, who saw McGriff climb into Agnew's house through a broken window, called police. When officers arrived, they allegedly found McGriff loading stolen items into her car.
Police said McGriff used an alias, attacked officers and even slipped out of a set of handcuffs before being charged with burglary and resisting arrest.
"I'm just, still, just really not believing it," Agnew said. "She's a powerful pastor … I can't even begin to put my level of rage in words"
However, with slurred speech she attributed to pain pills, McGriff said she is innocent.
"I'm a giver, not a taker. I'm not a burlgarer (sic)," she said.
In fact, McGriff said she was checking on the home when she spotted two burglars. She said she climbed in the window after them.
"I should have never gone in the house. I should have called the police. I admit that," she said.
McGriff does have a criminal past that includes prostitution and fraud.