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Judge invokes commandments while scolding pastor who stole from church member

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(CBS/AP) DALLAS - A judge took that time to remind a Texas pastor caught stealing from a church member's home that her actions broke three of the Ten Commandments related to stealing, lying and coveting.

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Sandy McGriff, co-founder of the Church of the Living God in Dallas, was sentenced to five years of probation for taking fur coats, designer purses and electronics from the home of Serita Agnew on Christmas Eve.

The pastor originally claimed that she was only protecting the valuables after she found a broken window at Agnew's home.

According to the Dallas Morning News, District Judge Andy Chatham reprimanded McGriff before sentencing her Thursday, saying that her actions were "no way to lead your life or to teach others."

McGriff also apologized to Agnew who was in the courtroom.

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