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Brookline Police arrest woman accused of communion crime

Posted by Brock Parker  August 9, 2011 07:47 PM

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Brookline Police arrested a woman today who allegedly stole a pocketbook left behind when a parishioner got up to receive communion in church Sunday.

Marie Carnegie, 42, of Riverdale Street, Allston was arrested near her home shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday on charges including larceny and misuse of a credit card under $250.

Police said they obtained a warrant for Carnegie’s arrest Tuesday after someone identified her in a photo that had been released through the media following the theft.

The photo was of a woman who attempted to use a stolen credit card at the TJ Maxx Sunday around 11:40 a.m., about two hours after the credit card was stolen along with a purse and a cellphone.

Police said the purse was stolen when a woman in St. Mary’s Church left it on a bench while receiving communion.

Police said Carnegie was expected to be arraigned in Brookline District Court Wednesday.

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