LAURINBURG — A homeless woman was arrested Wednesday and charged stealing a rifle and financial documents from a Laurinburg church where her father-in-law works as a pastor, according to Laurinburg police.
Aubrey Lauren Lawrence, 29, is being held in the Scotland County jail without bond, said Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms, because she allegedly committed the crime while on probation. State records show that Lawrence had served about half of an 18-month suspended sentence for larceny and attempted financial card fraud.
Lawrence is accused of breaking into the Laurinburg Church of the Nazarene and taking an undisclosed amount of money and other financial documents, a crime reported by Larry Lawrence on July 28. A rifle valued at $800 was reported missing from the parsonage, but has since been recovered.
Lawrence is charged with felonious breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a financial card, larceny of a firearm, and the rare offense of larceny of a chose in action, used when an offender takes a checkbook or other order for payment. She was also charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretense.
Sessoms said Lawrence reported herself as being homeless.
Laurinburg police have also taken out warrants on Lawrence’s husband Andrew James Lawrence, Sessoms said. The 28-year-old is currently being held in the Marlboro County Detention Center on charges of trespassing and petty larceny. A jail official said Lawrence would be transferred to Laurinburg.
He listed his address as 11141 Turnpike Road in Laurinburg.
The church has been the victim of numerous break-ins, Sessoms said.