Police are asking for your help in finding a man accused of scamming churches out of money. Whitfield county investigators say the man has hustled thousands of dollars just in the last few weeks.
Donald Ray Pitts is making a name for himself, but he's certainly not winning any awards. A video clip from earlier this month when Pitts showed up at Salem Baptist Church's Sunday service with a sob story full of woe and despair. I couldn't be mad at the Lord even if I tried. He's given me a lot. Wednesday, my mother went home to be with the lord. She lost her battle with cancer," says Pitts.
The Cleveland man shared a tale of being a single father and trying to make it to his mother's funeral after she lost her battle with cancer.
Pastor Noel Caldwell was in that audience equally caught up in the fable. Caldwell says he didn't think twice about giving Pitts' 100 dollars from his own wallet. A crowd quickly formed to do the same. "He didn't ask for the money, but he did say that I have a long trip to make and this is what I have is 50 dollars and a tank of gas," says Caldwell.
Thankfully, there was a Whitfield county deputy sitting in the balcony whose gut told him something wasn't right. "He came and stopped several of our members from handing him cash," says Pastor Caldwell.
But just as the deputy began to stop members from passing out their Benjamins, Pitts took off with 300 dollars cash and his "traveling family" in tow. "To me, it's worst than taking money out of the collection plate because he played on our emotions. He didn't try to slip in and take it from us," says Caldwell.
Pitts reportedly hit two other churches that same night and at least seven in the past few weeks. Now, this Dalton Pastor is left explaining the suspected con-man to his 1100 members.
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by Mikaya Thurmond