No Mercy: Woman Caught Robbing Worshippers in Church

By Jennifer Millman
|  Monday, Jun 29, 2009  |  Updated 10:40 AM EDT
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Talk about a lack of piety. Long Island cops say they've caught a woman robbing congregants during church.

Patricia Adams saw an opportunity during services at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church – and it wasn't for worship. While a devout parishioner knelt down in prayer, the 46-year-old learned over a church pew and stole cash from her purse, police said. An usher saw her do it and called the cops.

Cops arrested Adams as she left the church yesterday morning. They recovered the stolen goods and returned them to the unsuspecting victim.

This wasn't the first time Adams lifted money off a hapless worshipper, however. In May, the Westbury woman jacked cash from a purse left on a pew by a woman who was receiving communion, cops said.

Adams was charged with two counts of petit larceny and released on an appearance ticket for a later court date.

If anyone else thinks they may have been victimized by the church thief, detectives urge them to call 573-6354. 

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