A *stupid* mistake made by a thief puts police hot on his trail.
It happened Monday morning at a church on Ellis Street in Cape Girardeau.
Police say a man rang the bell at this church and was let inside by a female employee.
After a short conservation, the man took off with her purse and car keys...then went outside and stole her car.
But....he made a big mistake!
while stealing the car, the man dropped his birth certificate.
It didn't take officers long to track him down.
Just a few blocks from the church they recovered the car and arrested 23-year old David Ward.
He's in jail, probably rethinking his decision to bring identification with him while allegedly committing a crime.