Police Investigating Larceny at Church During Boy Scout Coat Drive
More than $3,000 in goods reported stolen from a locked office at St. Luke's Church on Saturday morning, Oct. 20, during a Boy Scout coat drive there.
Barrington detectives are investigating two larcenies that occurred last week – one at a church during a Boy Scout coat drive, one involving a small business.
Items valued at more than $3,000 were reported stolen on Saturday morning, Oct. 20, from a woman, 57, who works in the office at St. Luke’s Church, said Barrington Police Chief John LaCross.
The theft appears to have occurred while the woman was downstairs in the church basement for a coat drive sponsored by Barrington Boy Scout Troop 6 and the Knights of Columbus.
Among the items reported stolen: a new iPhone5, a crucifix, a wallet with $20 in cash, and a diamond ring valued at more than $2,500.
LaCross said many volunteers and boys were in and out of the church basement during the charity appeal, which ran from 9 to noon. She locked everything in the church office, LaCross said. But when she returned to the office around noon, she discovered that her items were gone.
The office did not appear to have been broken into, LaCross said.
Detectives also are looking into the apparent disappearance of two payroll checks sent to a Brown University student by Ripperian Inc. on Anoka Avenue. The student worked for the company last summer.
The checks were mailed to the student at a Brown University address, LaCross said. The checks were cashed but a representative for the company doesn’t think the student ever received them.
The checks were written out for about $239, LaCross said.