New York Daily News: BROOKLYN – Three thieves were caught on tape barging into a Brooklyn church on Sunday where controversial bishop Lamor Whitehead — an ally to Mayor Adams — was preaching and snatched $400,000 worth of jewelry off of him and his wife.
Whitehead, the Rolls-Royce-driving bishop who recently tried to broker a deal for the surrender of a man accused of a subway murder to the mayor, was preaching at Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministry on Remsen Ave. near Avenue D in Canarsie about 11:15am Sunday when three masked bandits stormed into the church, the pastor and cops confirmed.
When the armed marauders appeared, the stunned Whitehead, who was wearing a clerical collar, burgundy vestments with gold trim and a long gold necklace, stopped his sermon and crouched down, saying, “Yo, all right, all right, all right” as he lay on the floor, video obtained by the Daily News shows.
Only his legs and feet can be seen on the recording as he lay on the stage as the men bent over him and rifled his pockets.
The armed men, who can be seen in the video dressed in black and carrying handguns, removed the expensive bling from Whitehead and his wife, police and the bishop said.
Another man seen on the video sitting with what appears to be a prayer book watches impassively as the crime goes down.
The robbers took off in a white Mercedes-Benz and are still being sought, police said.
After they were gone, the pastor gets up, his collar askew, and walks out of frame in the video.
Later, he took to social media to put the crime in context.
“I was born without jewelry, jewelry don’t make me,” Whitehead said after the attack in a live video to his 1.3 million Instagram followers.
Whitehead said on the broadcast that the congregation is “traumatized” after the incident.
“I ain’t never scared, and I’m not up here being boastful or talking bad about nobody, but you have these women and children crying still,” he said. “That’s not gangster. That’s a layup, like, ‘Oh, I robbed a church.’ You don’t get no points for that.”
Whitehead said the robbery would not affect his preaching in the future.
“We’re pushing, we’re still doing what we need to do,” Whitehead said. “I’m not a person from the suburbs; I’m from Brooklyn, I’m from the city. I understand the streets. This bishop, I’m not scared.”
Whitehead made the news recently when he tried to orchestrate the surrender of Andrew Abdullah, the man accused of fatally shooting Goldman Sachs researcher Daniel Enriquez on the Q train, to the mayor.
After alerting the media, he showed up at the precinct where the suspect was to turn himself in wearing a thick gold chain and Fendi blazer.
The pastor’s expensive taste and flair for the dramatic drew skeptics in the Police Department, and cops ended up arresting Abdullah in front of the suspect’s lawyer’s office.
His checkered past didn’t win him any supporters in law enforcement. Whitehead served five years in prison for a $2 million identity theft scam. He was released in 2013.
Top Feature Photo: Bishop Lamor Whitehead walks away from members of the NYPD after complaining about the arrest of Andrew Abdullah to members of the NYPD outside the the 5th Pct. Tuesday, May 24, 2022 in Manhattan, New York – Barry Williams/for New York Daily News