NASHVILLE, TN — A serial Eighth Commandment violator is back to his old ways: caught on tape robbing a 70-year-old woman leaving a Bible study in broad daylight, according to Metro Police.
Investigators say convicted thief Gilbert D. Ostring Jr., 48, drove up to the woman in the parking lot of Lebanon Road Church of Christ Monday afternoon, asking for directions to nearby shelters. As she approached, Ostring reached through the window and grabbed her purse, ripping it from her hands and causing her to fall to the ground.
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The woman broke her hand and suffered facial injuries.
A warrant is out for Ostring, who was released from prison in June 2017 after serving time for theft, forgery, identity theft, fraud and assault.
Ostring was charged five times in 2010 for stealing credit cards and wallets from women at St. George’s Episcopal in Belle Meade, Hillsboro Presbyterian, First Presbyterian, Donelson Church of Christ and St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Community (where he, instead, violated the Seventh Commandment).
Ostring was driving a white Dodge pickup truck with Tennessee license plate 8K76T3, police say. He faces a robbery charge.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 615-742-7463.
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