Tag: theft

Police: Bookkeeper stole more than $248,000 from church

| January 15, 2013 | 0 Comments



MIFFLINTOWN – On Monday morning, a 59-year-old volunteer bookkeeper for Saint Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Mifflintown was arrested on theft charges for systematically stealing more than $248,000 from the church over a seven-year period beginning in 2005. Mary Madeline Zangrilli, of Mifflintown, was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Barbara Lyter and charged with theft […]




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Thieves Steal Audio Equipment Worth Thousands From Local Church

| January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments



KILLEEN (January 10, 2013)–Police are investigating two break-ins that happened sometime overnight Tuesday at the Rivers of Living Waters Church on North 8th Street in Killeen. The first break-in was discovered Wednesday morning at the church offices. A safe was taken and windows were damaged. Later Wednesday morning, as church staff members made their way […]




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Still no Clues in $50K Russian Church Burglary

| January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments



Police in Hollywood Wednesday asked the public's help in finding a burglar who stole $50,000 in religious articles from the altar room of a Russian Orthodox church. The burglary took place the evening of Dec. 22 at the Holy Transfiguration Russian Orthodox Church, 5432 Fernwood Ave. Among the articles taken were an enamel chalice, an […]




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Sherman Police make arrest in church theft case

| January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments



SHERMAN, TX — Sherman Police made an arrest Friday in a felon theft case involving a local church. Police Sgt. D.M. Hampton said the pastor at Key United Methodist Church filed a report on December 28th, after he noticed a significant amount of money missing. "Some money was missing from a local church, and so […]




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Nothing sacred, says priest after €5,000 church theft

| January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments



THIEVES ransacked a church sacristy and stole the entire Christmas collections of €5,000 from a safe. Fr Joe Shire – who is parish priest in Ballyagran, Co Limerick – said nothing is sacred anymore after the community's parish church was targeted on Christmas Day. Thieves broke into the church through a rear sacristy door sometime […]




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Brassfield found guilty of embezzlement

| December 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



Karan Brassfield had no idea her now-estranged husband was embezzling funds from the Fluvanna church they started out of their home. Wilbert Davis Brassfield said that as pastor, he had the authority to write checks to any church member in need – including himself. An all-white jury of eight women and four men convicted Wilbert […]




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Police ponder biblical motives in baby Jesus thefts

| December 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



CLINTONVILLE, Wis. — Police investigating thefts from Nativity scenes at three area churches believe the thief was delivering a message: The baby Jesus does not belong there until Christmas. In all three incidents involving Lutheran churches, only the baby Jesus figurines were stolen, lifted right out of their managers. "I said, 'Hey, baby Jesus is […]




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Records detail alleged embezzlement at Edmond church

| December 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



EDMOND — An ex-St. John’s employee allegedly used church credit cards to feloniously buy items including a gun holster, military pants, two movies and a cell phone for a relative, prosecutors say. District Attorney David Prater filed eight felony counts on Monday in Oklahoma County District Court. The counts were for unauthorized use of a […]




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Church copper theft attempt ends painfully for suspect in NW Harris Co. church

| December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



HOUSTON (KTRK) — Grinches, that is how a pastor describes the crooks who've left his congregation in the dark. Now, usual activities at the Westway Baptist Church in northwest Harris County were canceled because the building has no electricity. It seems the thieves had it all figured out — cut the lines in two places […]




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Pews stolen from Central City church

| December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



New Orleans, La. –  Hurricane Katrina shuttered an historic Central City church. Now, thieves have taken pieces of its past. Pews from the old Wesley Methodist Church on Jackson Avenue are gone, a blow that church leaders never anticipated. "This dates back to the 1800's. The congregation dates back to 1838," said pastor Martha Orthe. […]




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Former bookkeeper charged with theft of Columbus parish funds

| December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former secretary and bookkeeper at a Columbus parish has been charged with felony theft for allegedly taking large sums of money from both the parish church and school. Susan Droessler, 53, Columbus, is scheduled to make her initial court appearance on Dec. 19 in Columbia County Circuit Court, according to a news release from […]




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As Kentwood pastor’s embezzlement tally doubles to $316,000, some church members continue their support

| December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



KENT COUNTY, MI — Even as a Kent County Circuit Court judge learned a long-time Kentwood area pastor embezzled more than $300,000—about two and a half times the amount first thought—church members came out in full force Tuesday, Dec. 11, to support their former leader at his sentencing. "We just know that God is faithful," […]




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Former church worker accused of stealing church money

| December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —  A woman is accused of going on a spending spree with an Orange County church's credit card, and even using some of that money to pay her own bills. Investigators said it went on for more than a year. Andy Searles, associate pastor at Aloma United Methodist Church, said it wasn't […]




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Church embezzler sentenced to year in jail

| December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former church bookkeeper and first grade teacher was sentenced Monday to a year in jail as part of her probation for embezzling more than $152,000 from the church over eight years. District Judge Michael Gibbons sentenced Tracey L. Taylor, 45, of Carson City, to six years in Nevada state prison, suspended, and placed her […]




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Embezzlement probe into ELCA bookkeeper nears end

| December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



MOORHEAD – Eleven months after police began investigating him, the bookkeeper suspected of embezzling more than $714,000 from a Moorhead-based church synod continues to live in the stately rural home he allegedly remodeled and expanded with the stolen money. Robert Duane Larson hasn’t been criminally charged, but Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson said the detective […]




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