A flamboyant Brooklyn bishop who was robbed in a $1 million jewelry heist through a livestreamed assistance has defended himself towards critics who say his superior-profile life-style built him an apparent concentrate on.
Bishop Lamor Miller-Whitehead — who alongside with his spouse was robbed of watches, chains, rings and earrings as he sent a sermon Sunday at the Leaders of Tomorrow Global Ministries in Canarsie — insisted on Instagram, “It’s not about me staying flashy.
“It’s about me buying want I want to order. It is my prerogative to purchase what I want to order,” stated the Rolls Royce-driving clergyman, 44, in a video. “If I labored challenging for it, I can obtain what I want to buy.”
Law enforcement sources on Monday uncovered to The Post the contents of the robbery totaling $1,060,000: a $390,000 Cuban link chain, $200,000 men’s gold chain, $125,000 marriage ring, $75,000 Rolex watch, $75,000 Cavalier enjoy, $50,000 men’s wedding ceremony ring, $25,000 Episcopal ruby and diamond ring, $25,000 Episcopal diamond ring, $25,000 pair of earrings, $20,000 diamond and emerald cross, $20,000 Episcopal ring, $20,000 Episcopal cross and a $10,000 Episcopal gold cross.
Miller-Whitehead — who has ties to Mayor Eric Adams and earlier did 5 a long time in prison for identification fraud and grand larceny — recalled the instant a few assailants robbed him and his 38-yr-old spouse in the caught-on-online video theft.
“When I see them arrive into the sanctuary with their guns, I told all people [to] get down, everyone just get down,” Miller-Whitehead said in one of two lengthy Instagram movies he posted late Sunday. “I did not know if they preferred to shoot the church up or if they ended up just coming for a theft.”
The suspects had been all carrying masks, but Miller-Whitehead explained he could see their faces.
“They took all of my wife’s jewellery and took all of my jewellery, and then they still left,” the bishop claimed, including that he was even robbed of his wedding day band. “However, these younger gentlemen did not know that cameras have been on, and we know what car or truck you were driving.”
The three suspects fled in a white Mercedes, Miller-Whitehead explained. He said he saw them change their garments in the vehicle as he futilely ran after them. They are even now in the wind, law enforcement stated Monday.
“For you to kick in a church door and come with guns in the middle of company — what God is gonna do to y’all is higher than my paygrade,” the bishop claimed of the suspects even though shaking his head.
Miller-Whitehead, who reported he understands the “rules of the streets,” known as on the general public to submit any suggestions to the NYPD.
He downplayed criticism of his blinged-out glance with “material things” that may have produced him an outsized target.
“Sometimes when you are a regarded bishop, it’s a present and a curse,” Miller-Whitehead said. “You grow to be the communicate of the town.”
Miller-Whitehead claimed his congregation, particularly women of all ages, had been “traumatized” around the brazen theft.