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Man arrested for theft in Cedar Rapids, scammed churches in 4 states

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Police in Cedar Rapids are warning residents not to be duped by a man who's suspected of scamming churches in several states out of money.

The department said Monday it has confirmed that Steven Brown, 49, of Kingman, Ariz., is staying in the area, and released links to news articles showing Brown has been accused of scams in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Georgia and beyond.

Cedar Rapids Police arrested Brown on Monday for third-degree theft after Brown used an invalid credit card to pay for a room at Hawthorne Suites.

Police say they're investigating whether any churches have been struck, according to KWWL's Michelle Corless.

Investigators say that Brown tells church leaders that he's a pilot for an oil company who's moving to town with his family and plans to join their congregation. He then asks for a few hundred dollars or to be assisted with hotel fees until he can cash a check.

Additional information provided by The Associated Press.

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