Tag: theft

Antique statue stolen from Caister church found

| May 24, 2014 | 0 Comments



Rev Tim Thompson, rector at Holy Trinity Church in Caister, said the 17th century marble bust of William Crowe was toppled from its plinth during a daylight raid almost two weeks ago. The theft had damaged the “historic identity” of the seaside community, he said. But, thanks to church property being recorded, the bust has […]




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AC Transit official pleads not guilty to charges of embezzling from Oakland church

| May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments



HAYWARD — AC Transit's chief financial officer appeared in Alameda County Superior Court on Wednesday morning and entered a not guilty plea to charges he embezzled more than $500,000 from one of Oakland's largest churches. Lewis Clinton Jr., 57, faces four counts of grand theft with white-collar enhancements after prosecutors say he embezzled money from […]




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Teens sought in theft of vehicle from church with baby inside

| May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments



ST. PETERSBURG —  Detectives are looking for two teens they say stole a vehicle from a church parking lot in south St. Petersburg while a baby was strapped inside. According to St. Petersburg police, the victims were unloading tables and chairs from their 2013 Toyota Highlander around 2:15 p.m. Sunday at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, […]




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Lakewood Church warns members about identity fraud following $600,000 theft

| March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments



HOUSTON – Lakewood Church is warning members they could be targeted by identity thieves in the wake of a $600,000 theft from a safe in the church office discovered Monday. Houston police said about $200,000 in cash was taken. Tuesday church officials sent out an email to members warning that those who donated another $400,000 […]




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Family Caught Selling Stolen Church Goods in Front Yard

| September 29, 2013 | 0 Comments



Three members of a Louisiana family have been arrested after they allegedly stole items from a church and sold them at a yard sale at their nearby home. Clariese Jones, Paul Mikell and their daughter Olivia Jones of Slidell, La., admitted to repeatedly burglarizing the El Bethel Apostolic Ministry in Slidell, St. Tammany Police Capt. […]




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Man Accused of Stealing $150K from Victory Church Waives Prelim Hearing, Has Bail Reduction

| September 29, 2013 | 0 Comments



James Lee Moody, the Philadelphia man accused of theft and related crimes in connection with $156,041.75 taken from Victory Church in Lower Providence, where Moody was doing accounting work, waived his Wednesday morning preliminary hearing in district court, where a judge also reduced his bail from $500,000 to $99,000, cash. District court judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar at the […]




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Woman pleads guilty to thefts from Columbia Baptist Association

| September 6, 2013 | 0 Comments



A Dothan woman charged with stealing from the Columbia Baptist Association pleaded guilty on Wednesday… and was then arrested a short time later on additional charges. Attorney Matt Lamere said his client, 52-year-old Tonya Renee Woodward, entered what's referred to as a blind guilty plea, which means there was no agreement for sentencing. Woodward pleaded […]




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Former Grand Rapids pastor, church secretary will repay $220,000 taken from church, judge vows

| July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments



GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A former Grand Rapids pastor and church financial secretary may have escaped jail time, but a judge declared before more than 100 members of the preacher’s former flock that he would be on the hook for every penny stolen from the congregation. Arthur Pearson, the fired former pastor of the Pilgrim […]




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Man charged with stealing more than $60,000 from central Minnesota church

| June 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



WILLMAR, Minn. – The treasurer for a central Minnesota church is accused of stealing more than $60,000 from the congregation. Paul Alton Hanson, 50, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Wednesday on three felony charges of theft by swindle from Tripolis Lutheran Church of rural Kandiyohi County. According to the complaint filed in Kandiyohi […]




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Former church treasurer charged with theft

| June 12, 2013 | 0 Comments



A former Door County church treasurer will face five felony charges in Door County Circuit Court for allegedly stealing more than $40,000 from a Sister Bay church over the past five years. Martin R. Lash, 65, Sturgeon Bay, was charged May 30 with five felony counts of theft in a business setting. Two two counts […]




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Parents call police, report son for theft of $18G from safe at Delaware church

| June 12, 2013 | 0 Comments



CLAYMONT, Del. — A 25-year-old man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing $18,000 from Holy Rosary Church on Saturday after his parents called police to say they believed he may have committed the crime. Jeffrey R. Maichle was charged with breaking into the church on Philadelphia Pike and making off with the proceeds from a […]




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NCIS investigating theft of $10,000 chalice from Camp Lejeune church

| June 12, 2013 | 0 Comments



A reward is being offered for information regarding the theft of a religious item from a Camp Lejeune church. A $10,000 communion chalice went missing from St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church aboard Camp Lejeune during the week of May 26 through June 1. "We are hoping the public can assist in providing information, and offering awards […]




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Former Gwinnett planning commissioner Jumper sentenced for church theft

| June 12, 2013 | 0 Comments



A former Gwinnett County planning commissioner accused of stealing $426,000 from Peachtree Corners Presbyterian Church has avoided prison by agreeing to pay back the money over the next four years. Floy Jumper, 60, was a member of the church for 50 years and its treasurer for nearly three decades before officials there filed a police […]




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Janesville church secretary embezzled $88,000, police say

| June 3, 2013 | 0 Comments



JANESVILLE — The former secretary of a Janesville church wrote nearly $90,000 in forged checks to herself over 10 months last year, according to police reports. Carrie A. Kolanda, 30, of 9020 S. Nelson Road, Brodhead, was arrested May 14 on felony charges of forgery and theft of more than $10,000, according to Janesville police. […]




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Former President of Southbury Synagogue Admits Embezzling Over $500,000

| June 3, 2013 | 0 Comments



The former President of Beth El Synagogue in Southbury pleaded guilty Friday to one count of mail fraud stemming from her embezzlement of more than $500,000 from the synagogue.    Jodi Churchill, 45, of Orange, waived her right to indictment and pleaded guilty before United States Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford to the charge.    According to court […]




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