Police arrest 1 in robbery by 2 posing as Mormon missionaries

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  • MrTuscadero Houston, TX
    Sept. 6, 2013 3:59 p.m.

    This is definitely a blow to the LDS Church. I was discussing this situation about a week or two ago with relative, as to whom to allow in the house. I posited that anyone can buy a bicycle, a white shirt and pants, a backpack, and have a black nametag made that says "Elder Benign" on it.

    I think that since we can't get rid of hate crime legislation, we should include in the list of hate crimes "a nonmember masquerading as a memvber of a religion in order to defame it by committing a crime."

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Aug. 27, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    People have been robbed at gunpoint by men in uniform posing as police officers, postal carriers, delivery men, etc. It's not surprising that sooner or later the ingenuity of some enterprising miscreant would get around to trying this ploy. It just goes to show that when you hear your doorbell ring, don't fling the door wide open because of a smile or a friendly voice.

  • splitme2 West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 12:58 p.m.

    I don't know if I missed something; but which guy is which. Are they still looking for the white guy or the black guy? This might help people know what to watch for.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Aug. 27, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    This story demonstrates the good alternative for missionaries in contacting. As members, we should provide the names for missionaries to contact. If we reach out to our neighbors and prepare them to receive the missionaries, then there would be no need for missionaries to contact door-to-door. People would expect their friends and neighbors to bring them into their home to meet the missionaries. Perhaps we can help missionary work evolve to the level that people wouldn't expect door-to-door contacting. Then the church could even announce to the world that such activity is not carried out by our missionaries.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 8:05 a.m.

    I'm afraid this is going to give more criminals ideas about posing as Mormon missionaries to gain access to residences. I hope that doesn't happen and that it doesn't hinder missionaries from being able to teach.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 7:11 a.m.

    I was right, it had something to do with drugs. Looks like if we legalize drugs, it doesn't end crime after all. It just gives criminals one more thing to steal when they locate peoples homes who have been prescribed these drugs.

    That theory has now been blown out of the water. The same thought was with alcohol and legalizing it. Then all crimes and problems would disappear. Instead we have more people killed by drunk drivers than terrorist attacks. More babies born with issues from alcohol. Crimes that were committed and the accused blame it on their intoxication. But nothing like that "adult" drink that gets talked up all of the time in society. After all no family has ever been endangered by it. But, it sure fills up the coffers of the government at the price of society.

  • Brother Benjamin Franklin Orem, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 2:40 a.m.

    Posing as LDS missionaries exacerbated the stupidity of this crime. It amazed me they would take advantage of older folks in such a way.

    Let's pray for the safety of these folks and that this other criminal is located quickly before anyone else gets hurt.

  • OnlyInUtah Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 6:46 p.m.

    Getting these two off the street isn't taking long. Good examples of America's dumbest criminals.