Man wearing 'God Is Good' shirt accused in series of church thefts
A man wearing a 'God Is Good' T-shirt is accused of a series of thefts from donation boxes at the Trinity Broadcasting Network in Costa Mesa.
Robert Ellsworth Shorter Jr., 38, has been charged with nine counts of felony second-degree burglary for a string of thefts at the church complex between July and September 2010. Shorter was fired from his security job at TBN in 2008 for sleeping on the job, authorities said.
Two years later he returned, allegedly stealing a remote-control for a roll-up door to the TBN gift shop from an unlocked security car to get inside, officials said.
Security cameras show Shorter going into the gift shop and grabbing the donation box, turning it upside down and shaking out the envelopes full of money that had been put inside by churchgoers, prosecutors said.
-- Joseph Serna, Daily Pilot / Times Community News