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Police investigate rectory robbery in Stratford

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STRATFORD, CT (WFSB) -

 A robbery at a Stratford church on Tuesday morning has some on edge, after a few of their members were robbed at gunpoint by two masked men.

"My mother, they put a gun to her head and our secretary and miss Eloise,” Timothy Johnson, who is a member of the First Baptist Church in Stratford at said.

Johnson said his mother has never even seen a gun much less have one pointed at her face.

His 78 year old mother was at a credit union, which Eyewitness News was told is run by the First Baptist Church. She and two others were there late Tuesday afternoon when two men with guns came in and locked them in the office. Johnson said they knew where the cash drawer was.

Church members do not believe this robbery was random. They told Eyewitness News they believe the two men were familiar with the church and the credit union, which was not normally open on Tuesdays. They were also familiar with the inside of the building.

"Unless you were a member of this church, you wouldn't know it was open yesterday,” Suzon Johnson, who is a church member, said.

"They didn't come off the street. They knew exactly what they were doing,” Timothy Johnson said.

The men took whatever cash was in the drawer and even the women's pocketbooks and keys. 

The suspects were wearing dark clothing with red hoodies and black ski masks. They are between 5'8” and 5'9” and in their 20s.

Some saw a silver car with Florida license plates leave the church, but it's not clear if those were the suspects.

With just days before the Christmas holiday, this incident was certainly a scare. But they know it could have been worse.

I am thankful no one was hurt. I thank god for that,” Timothy Johnson said.  

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