The Associated Press

STATESVILLE, N.C. — Authorities say a masked man walked into a North Carolina church, demanding money then kidnapping two women after finding out the church safe was empty.

Police told multiple media outlets the man let the women go unhurt after using their ATM cards to get money during the Thursday afternoon robbery.

The Rev. Donald Shuman says the suspect was wearing a ski mask and gloves when he came to Broad Street United Methodist Church in Statesville, sticking a gun in the face of the church’s receptionist and business manager.

Police say the women did what the robber demanded, begging him to not harm them.

A surveillance camera at one of the ATMs got a picture of the suspect, who investigators have not identified.

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