Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Garfield Woman Gets Summons for Theft from Lodi Church

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Garfield Woman Gets Summons for Theft from Lodi Church

Article excerpt

LODI -- A Garfield woman signed in for free food at St. Joseph Church, and on her way out allegedly stole at least $200 from the collection boxes, according to police.

After church officials reviewed camera footage and caught the Jan. 23 theft on tape, they contacted police. They told police the same woman on the video had signed in for free food being given out that day.

Church officials at first were reluctant to file a complaint.

"[The complainant] advised at this time that the church will consider signing a formal complaint against the suspect but he will further discuss this matter with the priests. [Complainant] advised they may want to help the suspect due to any conditions she is having at this time that caused her to commit this theft," the police report reads.

Police said the boxes contain sharp spikes on the inside to prevent pilfering. …

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