A Mineral Wells man who stole a woman’s purse from inside a Millsap church and then used her credit card at two convenience stores pleaded guilty to identity theft charges and was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday.
Glen Edward Long Jr., 39, pleaded guilty to a charge of fraudulent use of identifying information and a methamphetamine possession charge that stemmed from a June 14 arrest, a news release from the Parker County district attorney’s office stated. The two eight-year sentences will run concurrently, according to the release.
“The exacerbating factor in this case was that not only did he steal from within a church on this particular occasion, but he had done it before,” said Jeff Swain, the Parker County assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case.
“Our office prosecuted Mr. Long for burglarizing a church several years ago and sent him to the state jail for 15 months,” Swain said. “Being a thief is bad enough, but repeatedly stealing from within churches is particularly disgraceful. People should be able to have a church be their safe place, their sanctuary, from things like this.”
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After the victim noticed that her purse was missing and contacted the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, deputies determined that the credit card transactions were caught on surveillance cameras. Then the victim helped catch Long.
“Our victim posted a still photo of the suspect on Facebook, and one of her friends identified Mr. Long,” Swain said. “From there, sheriff’s investigators put together a photo lineup, the store employee identified him, and the case was solved.”