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Police investigating Easter purse thefts from 2 churches


ROTTERDAM, N.Y. - Police in Schenectady and Rotterdam believe two different purse snatchings at two different churches Easter weekend could be connected.

The first incident occurred at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Schenectady on Good Friday, March 29th. A female parishoner says she left her pew to participate in the veneration of the cross when her purse was stolen.

After that, Rotterdam Police launched an investigation into an alleged purse theft which occurred at the Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, less than three miles away from the Schenectady church, on Easter Sunday.

Rotterdam Police say that theft occurred at the Princetown Road church around 9:15 a.m. Sunday. A parishioner reported to police that her purse was stolen from the pew while she received communion.

A witness reported see a white male, about 65-years-old, thin build, and 5'10", with greasy gray hair, who was sitting behind the victim and is believed to have left with the purse. The suspect is believed to be the same person in each case.

Anyone with information is asked to call Rotterdam Police at 355-7397.

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