Woman arraigned, is accused of thefts at churches

| July 29, 2010

NEW BRIGHTON — A woman who placed a stolen $50 check in a church offering and then stole cash, a credit card and a checkbook from a woman’s purse during the service was arraigned Tuesday on 21 charges relating to thefts from three churches and a grocery store in New Brighton and Beaver Falls.

China Graham, 20, who has addresses in Beaver Falls and Ellwood City, was charged with four counts of theft, six counts of receiving stolen property, six counts of access device fraud, two counts of identity theft, forgery and tampering with records by New Brighton police.

Police complaints show Graham has used two aliases — “Mya Love” and “Chynna Towner” — and has addresses at 506 Ninth St., Ellwood City, 4436 Fourth St. in Beaver Falls and 415 15th St. in Beaver Falls.

In Ellwood City, Graham faces charges of theft and receiving stolen property from incidents in September and October 2009. She has not yet been arraigned on those charges. One of the incidents involves a purse stolen from a library, according to the New Brighton police report.

In one of the New Brighton cases, Graham signed the attendance registry, using the name China Graham and her Ellwood City address, at the New Brighton Christian Assembly on Aug. 23, 2009, and then removed wallets from the purses of two women attending church, according to police.

On Sept. 5, 2009, police say, Graham stole a purse from the shopping cart of a woman at the Foodland grocery in New Brighton.

On Oct. 4, 2009, Graham attended a service at the First Presbyterian Church in New Brighton and removed a credit card, cash and a checkbook from a woman’s purse. She left a $50 check — stolen from another couple — in the offering.

During their investigation of her Ellwood City residence, New Brighton police found two checks that were written to the First Presbyterian Church in Beaver Falls. Beaver Falls police confirmed that several checks had been stolen from the church, and Graham was then charged with receiving stolen property for possessing them.

Graham, according to police, used the stolen credit cards to pay a cell phone bill, make cash withdrawals and buy merchandise, including $661.01 from an American Eagle store in the Beaver Valley Mall.

 

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