Usher charged in thefts from Fort Payne church

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FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) - A church usher has been charged with stealing as much as eight-thousand dollars from a house of worship in Fort Payne.

According to Police Chief David Walker, 41-year-old Hubert Cecil Henson admitted stealing offering money for about a year from Second Baptist Church.

Walker said Henson, also of Fort Payne, was charged Monday with third-degree burglary and first-degree theft. He said police began investigating the thefts on January 16th.

Henson, according to police, was responsible for locking up the money. He was reportedly observed on a surveillance camera re-entering the church's office and taking money from a bank bag. Police said the cash had been marked.

Walker said the church pastor and investigators are trying to determine how much money was taken and for how long.

No motive was given.

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