New York bishop robbed on live stream over claims he was part of robbery

Bishop Lamor Whitehead made headlines when three armed robbers broke into his church in Brooklyn, NY, during a live-streamed service. The trio allegedly robbed the Bishop and his wife of more than $1 million worth of jewelry.

But since the story broke, Bishop Whitehead’s legal troubles – past and present – have surfaced, leading many to wonder how he can afford to buy more than a million jewelry dollars.

And was he involved in the burglary? In a TSR Investigates exclusive, Bishop Whitehead speaks out to set the record straight.

“We could have been killed, but everyone talks about what I’m wearing,” says Bishop

“We could have been killed, and now everyone wants to talk about what I wear, what I drive…” Whitehead told Justin Carter of The Shade Room.

The man of God was in the middle of his sermon at Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries in Canarsie around 11.14am on July 24 when the incident happened, police said.

In a now viral video, three gunmen can be seen stripping Whitehead and his wife of their jewelry after entering the church during the live service.

The New York Post reports that thieves hit the jacket with Whitehead and stole a $75,000 Rolex watch, a $75,000 Cavalier watch, a $25,000 Episcopal ruby ​​and diamond ring, an Episcopal diamond ring at $25,000, a pair of earrings at $25,000, a diamond and an emerald at $20,000. cross, a $20,000 Episcopal ring, a $20,000 Episcopal cross, and a $10,000 gold Episcopal cross.

Whitehead told The Shade Room that one of the men pointed a gun at his wife and eight-month-old child.

No arrests Wednesday, but Bishop maintains he had nothing to do with the viral heist

Police say they are focusing on the three suspects, who took off in a white Mercedes, but no arrests were made on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Bishop Whitehead maintains he had nothing to do with the heist, which many on social media have called a possible inside job.

“I was just caught off guard, like ‘wow, is this happening? “, He said. “I really don’t know (who the thieves are),” he added when asked if they could be members of his congregation. “In the end, whoever it was, they were disrespectful. They violated at all levels.

Whitehead, who was ordained in 2016 and is known to be close to New York Mayor Eric Adams, has since earned a reputation for flashy opulence over the years. He drives an expensive Rolls Royce and can often be seen on live broadcasts of church services wearing Gucci-designed suits, sweaters and eyewear.

However, Whitehead dismissed criticism of his ostentatious lifestyle and added that what he wears “shouldn’t overshadow what happened”.

“What I’m wearing shouldn’t hide what happened. I like beautiful things, is it illegal to like beautiful things? Whitehead told TSR Investigates.

The bishop defends the flashy lifestyle and balks at the idea that he had to take money from parishioners

When asked where he got all his money from, he said he was not on church staff, but owned “a lot of businesses,” specializing in real estate investments.

He balked at the idea that just because he had money, he had to take it to church.

“Why can’t I have an entrepreneurial heart? ” he added.

Whitehead says the media has since cast him as the villain, but an incident following the armed robbery has since raised eyebrows over Bishop’s character.

During a live interview with YouTuber Larry Reid, Whitehead could be heard using derogatory words towards gay people while saying “kiss my ass” during the segment, where he was confronted with the possibility that he may have had a part in last month’s viral heist, The shadow room reported.

For his part, Whitehead said “these bloggers” weren’t known before he started talking about him. He added that the media portrayed him in a way he cannot be trusted after reporting that he was chased by a devotee last year.

Bishop faces legal action for running off with Congregant’s $90,000, accused of failing to repay campaign loan

The shadow room previously reported that one of Bishop Lamor Whitehead’s followers filed a lawsuit in 2021 claiming that Lamor defrauded him of $90,000. Pauline Anderson has accused the flashy Bishop of convincing her to liquidate her savings in November 2020 after Bishop Whitehead allegedly promised to buy and renovate a house for the 56-year-old, according to the Court’s lawsuit Supreme of Brooklyn.

Whitehead said “just because it’s a claim doesn’t mean I made it.”

Meanwhile, at a press conference late last month, Whitehead also addressed campaign finance records that NBC News uncovered showing he failed to repay an individual campaign loan to a woman worth $150,000, calling the claims “inaccurate”.

Whitehead concluded with an open demand for the “powers that be” to pass legislation allowing a cleric like him to have a gun license to protect places of worship.

He said he will tighten security at the church after the robbery, but he will not be afraid and will continue to live his life and wear flashy chains and jewelry.

An investigation into the theft is ongoing, according to police.

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