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POLICE: Suspects got 3-year-old to steal wallet at Louisville church

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Allen Hamilton (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Allen Hamilton (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say they've arrested two people who got a 3-year-old to steal a wallet at a local church.

According to an arrest warrant, 26-year-old Allen Scott Hamilton drove 26-year-old Kimberly Mills and her 3-year-old daughter to the Faith Community Church on Shelbyville Road, near English Station Road, on June 23.

While a religious service was taking place, Mills allegedly entered an "employees only" area of the church and instructed her 3-year-old to take a wallet from one of the church offices.

At that time, the church's pastor, Richard Pearson, walked into the office, according to police, and caught them in the act. Mills allegedly told the pastor that her daughter "found" the wallet -- but she was holding the victim's credit cards in her hand, according to the arrest warrant.

Police say the victim got his wallet and credit cards back, but the money was already gone.

Mills her daughter were escorted out of the church. Police say when they got outside, they got into the car driven by Hamilton and fled the scene -- but not before the victim was able to get the license plate number of the vehicle.

Police say they later interviewed Hamilton and he admitted to being involved in the burglary, even going so far as to admit that he had been involved in similar incidents at other churches. Police are still looking into these allegations. He also allegedly told officers that he and Mills are addicted to heroin.

Hamilton was arrested on Tuesday and charged with burglary and engaging in an unlawful transaction with a minor. Court records show Mills was arrested on June 24.

It's not the first time Mills has allegedly stolen from a church, according to police.

Another arrest warrant indicates that in April, Mills visited Buechel Park Baptist Church to speak with the pastor about financial rent assistance for her and her children. After she left, a church employee discovered her purse was missing.

Valerie Shoulta says, she was having lunch outside the church when her purse was stolen.

"It was a surprise. I guess when people come to ask for help you assume that , especially if they give you help, they they're going to just be thankful," says Valarie Shoulta.

That employee later found that her bank card had been used to make four different purchases at Kroger (in the amounts of $105.95, $105.95, $6.74 and $37.84) and three at Walgreens (in the amounts of $209.90, $209.90 and $104.95).

The total loss to the victim was $781.23, according to police.

Police later discovered surveillance video of Mills using the victim's card, according to records.

We tried to contact Kimberly Mill, who faced charges for burglary, fraudulent use of a credit card, theft by unlawful taking, and engaging in an unlawful transaction with a minor.

We're told, as of Wednesday afternoon, she was told to leave the Louisville apartment where she had been staying with a friend.

Church members are hoping for no other encounters, especially involving the 3-year-old.

"That's probably the worst part and I hope they find help for the child or children involved," says Valarie Shoulta.

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