Police: Woman targeted Bloomington churchgoers in Easter Sunday thefts

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (March 30, 2016) – A woman took advantage of churchgoers on Easter Sunday, police said, stealing credit cards from vehicles while their owners attended holiday services.

“It’s sad, obviously and you hate to see that somebody’s feeling like they have to steal out of cars on Easter Sunday,” said I.U. Professor Galen Clavio. "There would be a lot of cars there, so I guess maybe there’s some logic behind it, but it is sad because people were probably very trusting and leaving their cars in the parking lot and not thinking that anything would happen to them.”

According to the Bloomington Police Department, the thefts happened at St. Charles Church, 2222 E. 3rd Street, on Sunday. The woman targeted two vehicles in the parking lot and then used the stolen cards to buy items at a store. Police released surveillance images of the suspect taken after the thefts. The woman appeared to be 35 to 50 years old, police said, with blonde hair and dark roots.

The thief got away with purses, wallets, cash, gift cards and personal items, police said. The woman then used the credit cards at a Kroger store, a Sunoco convenience store, a Kmart and a Marsh.

Bloomington Fire Department Captain Russell Anderson was disheartened to hear of the crime. His fire station is right across the street from the church.

“They have a lot of cookouts, they’ll always have extra food and stuff, they’ll come over here and drop it off," Anderson said. "So any time you hear about something like that it’s sad, but I guess it’s the world we live in today.”

Anyone who had items stolen from their vehicle Sunday or who may have information about the case should contact Det. Jason Shaevitz from the Bloomington Police Department at 812-339-4477.

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