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Police: Pennsylvania couple stole from worshippers’ cars

The Associated Press, AP

SLICKVILLE, Pa. — A western Pennsylvania couple is jailed on charges they stole items from worshippers’ cars parked at three churches during religious services.

LOGO arrest

Thirty-five-year-old Catherene Reed and 31-year-old Frederick Stormer were charged with theft on Sunday, but police say they’re suspected in other thefts from vehicles in church parking lots going back to October.

State police say a bystander saw Stormer opening cars in a church lot on Nov. 8 and recorded phone video.

That prompted police to put the Westmoreland County couple under surveillance Sunday, which is when troopers followed them as the suspects stole items from cars parked outside churches in Indiana Borough, Ligonier and Fairfield. Police stopped the couple at a fast food restaurant a short time later and recovered the stolen items.

The couple remained jailed without attorneys Wednesday.