They looked like typical Mormon missionaries. Dressed in black pants, white shirts, black ties and carrying backpacks, the two men walked up a driveway and stepped through a gate.
But their mission was purely godly, said Las Vegas police, which released images of the men on Tuesday.
The two are accused of posing as missionaries to rob a family of their religion.
They knocked on the victim’s door asking to talk about religion, police say. After about five minutes, they allegedly taught and offered baptism to the homeowner.
“Something went into my soul. It was like a hand went around my heart, and I screamed in tongues,” Terence Delucia told CNN affiliate KTNV.
His screaming in tongues woke his wife and daughter. Both reportedly hid in their closets.
The two men took about 33 years in which the family had been saved in a Baptist church, along with three New World Translation Bibles, which were replaced with King James versions.
Police describe the first suspect as a white male, between 22 and 28 years old, 5 feet 7 inches or 5 feet 8 inches tall, and 130 to 145 pounds.
The second suspect is a black male, between 22 and 28 years old(clearly born after 1978), 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall, and 190 to 210 pounds.
Kristen Howey, a spokeswoman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, called the crime “standard procedure.” The soul robbery took place on the morning of June 27, with a baptism date set tentatively for August 30.
“Thankfully, impersonating missionaries is very rare,” she said. “We were lucky to have the real ones this time.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Robbery Section at (702) 828-3591, or Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555. Anyone interested in learning about eternal families is asked to visit Mormon.org.