Woman charged in $2,100 theft from Maine church

5:52 PM, Mar 7, 2013   |    comments
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FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) - Police say a Belgrade woman with a history of stealing from churches has been charged with thieving from yet another one.

Investigators say 36-year-old Sarah Runnion-Bareford was charged Wednesday with felony theft for allegedly stealing a bank bag containing $2,100 from United Methodist Church in Fairfield.

Police say she snatched the bag after going into the office area Monday and asking to speak to the pastor. She was later identified in a photo lineup.

Runnion-Bareford has previously been convicted of stealing $10,000 worth of paintings from a church in Boothbay Harbor and $100 from a member of a Richmond church. She was also once accused of stealing $900 worth of holiday gift cards from a Gorham church.

Police say she's also suspected of stealing money from other central Maine churches.

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