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VIDEO: Serial church thief robs 70-year-old woman leaving Nashville Bible study

(Metro Police)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - Metro Nashville Police are searching for a man responsible for robbing a 70-year-old woman after Bible study, resulting in broken bones and facial injuries.

Police say 48-year-old Gilbert D. Ostring Jr. drove up to the woman in the parking lot of Lebanon Road Church of Christ and asked for the location of nearby shelters. While still in his Dodge pickup truck, Ostring reached out the window and forcibly grabbed the woman's purse.

The force of yanking the purse caused her to fall face-first onto the pavement. Police say the woman suffered broken bones in her right hand and facial injuries.

Police say Ostring is an ex-con who now has a robbery warrant out for his arrest. He has previous offenses for theft, forgery, identity theft, fraud and reckless aggravated assault. He was released from state prison in June 2017.

He was last seen driving the Dodge truck with TN license plate 8K76T3.

Ostring was also charged five times in 2010 after a Metro Police affidavits say he stole credit cards and wallets from women at St. George Church in Belle Meade, Hillsboro Presbyterian, First Presbyterian Church, St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Community and Donelson Church of Christ.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

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