A Huntsville man is accused of stealing more than $20,000 from his church and church members tell police he confessed to the crime in front of the entire congregation.

Gary “Trip” Bradley III, 38, who goes by Tripp, was arrested Friday and charged with theft of property. He has since been released on $30,000 bond.  Tripp Bradley is the grandson of Dr. Gary Bradley, retired senior pastor of Mayfair Church of Christ who had been a minister there for more than 30 years.

According to police, Bradley embezzled money from Mayfair Church of Christ, located on Carl T. Jones Drive, by taking and depositing funds into an account he controlled.  The church’s lead minister says Bradley is a member of the church who has helped with the weekly collection during services.

Lt.  Johnson, spokesman for the Huntsville PD, says the investigation began when the bank questioned the suspicious nature of the deposits into Bradley’s account.  The checks were made out to the church.

Court documents filed in Madison County District Court state that Bradley: “Between September 1, 2017, did knowingly obtain or exert unauthorized control over the following property, to-wit: Checks/U.S. Currency, or property of any value taken from the person of another, the property of, to-wit: Mayfair Church of Christ, of the value of, to-wit: $20,300, with the intent to deprive the owner of said property…”

Originally, Lt. Johnson said Bradley’s wife, Sarah, could also face charges in connection with the case because evidence shows she was with her husband at the time certain deposits were made. He later released information, stating that while she was originally a suspect, authorities don’t have complete evidence necessary against her to make an arrest.

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