Woman Charged in Christmas Eve Mass Purse Theft Busted With Boyfriend in Series of Credit Card Heists: Police - NBC New York

Woman Charged in Christmas Eve Mass Purse Theft Busted With Boyfriend in Series of Credit Card Heists: Police

The two stole credit cards from patrons at a steakhouse, a pub and a weight loss center, police said

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    • A woman and her boyfriend were arrested for stealing credit cards from patrons at three different Long Island businesses, police said

    • The woman also allegedly stole a purse from a parishioner during a Christmas Eve mass and used the cards

    • The two were released on bail and were expected to be arraigned at a later date, according to police

    A woman who allegedly stole a purse from a parishioner during a Christmas Eve mass was arrested for working with her boyfriend to steal credit cards from patrons at three different businesses, police said.

    Tara Costello, 45, and Michael Cuozzo, 51, both of Greenlawn, allegedly stole a purse and the credit cards inside from a patron at Blackstone Steakhouse in Melville on Dec. 23, Suffolk County police said.

    That same day, they stole another purse and credit cards from a patron at McKeown’s Pub in Huntington, police said.

    Three days later, on Dec. 26, the couple stole a wallet with credit cards from someone at Jenny Craig Weight Loss Center in Huntington Station, according to police.

    Costello and Cuozzo were both charged with fourth-degree grand larceny for the thefts, police said.

    Costello also allegedly stole a purse from a parishioner during a Christmas Eve Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Greenlawn, according to police.

    She was charged with another count of fourth-degree grand larceny for the theft, and four counts of criminal possession of stolen property for using the credit cards, police said.

    The two were released on bail and were expected to be arraigned at a later date, according to police. 

    Their attorney information wasn't immediately available. 

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