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06-15-2011, 04:00 PM
CHELTENHAM, Pa. (CBS) - Cheltenham police have released surveillance photos of two women whom they say used a credit card that was stolen from a car at a local cemetery over the weekend.......And investigators say these two women may have struck before.

According to police, the two women used the stolen credit card to make purchases totaling more than $700 from several gas stations and three stores at the Cheltenham Mall.

They say the card had been in a purse taken from the unlocked car of a visitor to Holy Sepulchre Cemetery on Sunday morning.

Police chief John Norris says there was a rash of this type of thefts from the same cemetery around the same time last year.

COPS: Woman stealing from churchgoers when they take communion...

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Police say there's a woman stealing from purses in the middle of church services all over the Houston area and some people may not even realize they've fallen victim to her......One of the churches hit by the thief is Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in northwest Houston, say police. But it's the video from another church that investigators want you to watch closely.

Sheriff's deputies believe she has targeted victims across the city and as far away as Galveston -- and in a place those victim's least expected it.

Cynthia Gonzalez, 43, also known as Cynthia Martinez, is not new to the criminal justice system. Her rap sheet goes back 20 years. But the doors she's suspected of passing through now are even surprising to investigators.

"It's rare that you see this type of surveillance video," Harris County Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman Christina Garza said.

Deputies suspect Martinez is the woman in a video during a March service at a Houston church. While she's a little restless as she sits down, she appears to be participating in the service. About seven minutes later, she moves behind her victim, even looking her in the eye and exchanging signs of peace at one point.


06-15-2011, 04:31 PM
I pass several old cemetaries on my drive in to work. One of them, in a particularly bad neighborhood, has a warning sign about criminal activities. It's an old lutheran cemetary, and I assume that most people visiting it are suburbanites, who usually only venture into downtown Detroit for Tiger games or casino visits.