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Kentucky priest chases down man who slipped into parish hall and stole a parishioners purse

(WFIE/NBC News) A would-be thief is facing charges after he was chased down and tackled by a priest in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Police say 56-year-old Jeffrey Woods slipped into the parish hall at Saints Joseph and Paul Catholic Church and stole a parishioner’s purse.

Father Jean Rene Kalombo says he saw it happen and decided to chase after the suspect.

“He kept walking and running, and sometimes I walked and sometimes I run after him,” said Father Kalombo.

The persistent priest did not let up.

He eventually caught Woods more than a mile away.

NBC News

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