Two wanted for stealing elderly woman’s purse from church in Green

Raymond B. Jarvis and Michelle L. Wells (Photos courtesy: Summit County Sheriff's Office)

Raymond B. Jarvis and Michelle L. Wells (Photos courtesy: Summit County Sheriff's Office)

GREEN, Ohio– Investigators identified two suspects after an elderly woman’s purse was stolen from a church in Green.

It happened at the Queen of Heaven Church on Dec. 8 at about 8:30 a.m. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office said the 79-year-old victim left her purse unattended in the pew while she waited for communion.

Surveillance video showed a man and a woman taking the purse. They used the woman’s credit cards at Acme and Dollar General, spending more than $1,000.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Detective Bureau identified the suspects as Raymond B. Jarvis, 53, and Michelle L. Wells, 38, both of Uniontown. They are charged with theft, and breaking and entering. Warrants were issued for their arrest.

According to the sheriff’s office, Jarvis and Wells committed similar crimes at other churches, including one in Iowa.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts should contact the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at 330-643-8637.

Queen of Heaven Church