Police: Pa. woman gave church stolen check

October 6, 2009 11:13:03 AM PDT
Police say a woman put a forged $50 check in a church offering plate and stole a woman's wallet from a pew in the same western Pennsylvania church.

New Brighton police Chief Charles Van Fossan says Tuesday that police were still searching for 20-year-old China Graham, of Ellwood City. She allegedly committed the crimes at First Presbyterian Church in New Brighton on Sunday.

Police say the offering check was from a previously stolen checkbook.

Graham used a credit card from the stolen wallet to buy about $200 worth of merchandise from a dollar store and a convenience store. Police say Graham also tried to use a credit card stolen from another church to get a $16,000 cash advance that a bank refused to issue.

New Brighton is about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.


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