Church Volunteer Charged with Stealing from Church

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FAIRFAX CO – A 53 year old woman is facing multiple charges of grand larceny after stealing several thousand dollars from the Queen of Apostles Church,  Alexandria, Virginia.  A volunteer from the Parish office contacted the Fairfax County Police Department on September 7th to report their suspicions that a volunteer was taking money from the weekly collection while she was counting it.

Detectives from the Mason District Station in the Criminal Investigation Section set up a surveillance operation and observed the suspect, identified as Sandra Irene Cortes, of Annandale, Virginia, pocketing money from the church collection during her volunteer duties. Detectives arrested Cortes and charged her with three counts of grand larceny.

Anyone with additional information on Cortes is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Section at the Mason District Station at 703-256-8035, or the Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131. You can also submit a tip anonymously through Crime Solvers electronically by visiting or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637). Anonymous Tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100-$1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.

You can follow the FCPD on Twitter, @fairfaxpolice and their blog, for the latest information.

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