Leading Evangelist Preacher in Dallas Arrested For Allegedly Breaking Into Parishioner’s Home to Steal Furs and Designer Purses

Rev. Sandra McGriff, head of The Church of the Living God and one of the members of a powerful political family in Dallas, has been accused of breaking into the home of a parishioner on Christmas Eve to steal more than $10,000 worth of property, including fur coats, designer purses and electronics. She denies the allegations.

Police say that they have a witness who saw McGriff, 51, break into Serita Agnew’s home by climbing through a broken window. Police say that they found the stolen items in her car and that McGriff used an alias, attacked the officers, and even slipped out of handcuffs after her arrest for burglary and resisting arrest.

McGriff is described in an interview as having slurred speech that she said was due to pain killers. She insisted that she was actually investigating what appeared to be a burglary and that “I’m a giver, not a taker. I’m not a burlgarer (sic).”

She has previous arrests for prostitution and fraud.

Source: Dallas Morning News and FOXDFW

Jonathan Turley

41 thoughts on “Leading Evangelist Preacher in Dallas Arrested For Allegedly Breaking Into Parishioner’s Home to Steal Furs and Designer Purses”

  1. The article did not have the story of the Prostitution conviction in the lat 70….she has changed her ways….oh….has she….when she was interviewed by the local paper she had 9 furs strewn out about the divans…..she didn’t need the other she said……yeah right….was her name Lydia…..

  2. Hey, she believes in the “prosperity gospel”, just took it a little too far. When I lived in Dallas there was some evangelical fraud who claimed he could do “faith healing” through the TV. Of course there was a “prayer donation” required. People (once they paid) were healed by touching the TV. TX just acquired a bunch of cong. seats. Scary people.

  3. It’s semi-biblical. Coveting not a crime, just the basis of advertising. Theft a crime. Combined: A half-a-crime, once removed and deductible.

  4. pardon me?

    That great song with a tremendous backbeat had me tappin’ both of my feet and hands in time. Gotta luv that kind of music.

  5. I got your Flatlanders, Gyges.
    Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock singing a Terry Allen song:

  6. This is why Texans all come to Colorado in the summer.

    Dang Flat-landers, enjoying my scenic mountains.

  7. I knew Robert Tilton had a soul mate out there somewhere.

    Lucky for him, she’s in the same metro area.

    Although her excuse does remind me of one of the late Richard Harris’ drinking stories.

    He was sent along with a buddy into town one day to pick up a new work truck that was being delivered for use on the family farm. Well, the dealership was running behind and Harris and his mate would have to burn some time in Dublin until later in the afternoon when they could take delivery of the truck. Being young men with a proclivity for pint or two, they could think of no better way to burn that time than at a local pub. Many pints later, the boys take delivery of the truck and proceed home. Unfortunately for them, the path home led across an old covered bridge.

    The 12 foot tall truck naturally didn’t clear the 10 foot clearance and there they were, stuck and drunk, when the constables came along.

    Naturally curious, the constables asked, “Where are you going with that truck this time of night, boys?”

    To which Harris replied, “Officer, we’re running a bit late, but we’re on the way to deliver this bridge to my father.”

  8. And this is what greeted some elderly and disabled in our state in todays paper:

    Budget cuts force reduction in benefits for N.J. disabled, elderly
    Published: Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 11:01 AM Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 1:23 PM
    Next month, elderly and disabled residents will have their Supplemental Security Income checks reduced due to state budget cuts. Raymond Mendenko, who lives in a trailer with his wife Debbie, is unable to work due to a spinal cord injury. His SSI checks will be reduced from $350 to $96 a month.


    “Critics are taking aim at New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for his decision to embark —- and now remain — on his Disney World vacation even while his state digs out of a massive snow storm. Compounding the criticism is the fact that Christie’s second-in-command, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, is simultaneously on leave in Mexico”


    Storm is giving no “politician” any cover.

  10. Blouise:

    Could have used those words of wisdom yesterday,:=)

    ” stay away from snow shovels.”

  11. Blouise: “eniobob, … Disneyland is the perfect place for your Governor … fantasy is his natural state of being.”

    Well played. Well played indeed.

  12. Buckeye
    1, December 28, 2010 at 2:09 pm
    This was probaly just the minister’s way of emphasizing that warning about a camel going through the eye of a needle.

    No camel jokes, please.



  13. eniobob,

    How very apropos … nature brought him down!

    Disneyland is the perfect place for your Governor … fantasy is his natural state of being.

    I’m glad you and yours are okay … be mindful of your heart and stay away from snow shovels.

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