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Woman charged with stealing from Nuns of New Skete

November 03, 2017 06:58 AM

This is one delicious crime, police say. The edible evidence may not be around anymore but the surveillance photo of the alleged cake crook certainly is. A mother-daughter team came into a store in White Creek in Washington County last month and took over $250 worth of cheesecake and other pastries and left without paying for them.

The store on Ashgrove Road is run by the Nuns of New Skete, who have been doing business for 40 years. It has an “honor system” drop box.

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Angelique Smith, 45, of North Arlington, VT is charged with petit larceny, a Class-A misdemeanor for the October 18 theft that was reported the next day, NYSP out of Greenwich said. Her 21-year old daughter was with her but not charged, police said in a statement.

Smith is scheduled to appear in White Creek Town Court on November 16 to answer the charge.

The monastery moved here from Indiana decades ago and settled on supporting themselves by making cheesecake. The 4 lb. cakes are shipped around the country – even Alaska and Hawaii – and sell for around $45 each. They are sold at their store in White Creek and some Hannaford stores. They come in 13 flavors including apple walnut and egg nog and the nuns make 220 each day.

"If you integrate the work with your life, I think that's important no matter where you live and how you do it,” one nun told NewsChannel 13 when we profiled the store on December 7, 2015.

This is not the first crime story about pastry over the past week. Last Friday, State Police arrested William Britt, 48, of Troy, charging him with criminal mischiet (4th degree). A Trooper was called to the McDonald's restaurant on Hoosick Street in Brunswick after they say Britt pushed the muffin display case off the counter smashing it because he was upset that his apple pie was taking too long and he wanted a refund, police said.

When the manager offered him store credit, Britt got angry and left, police said. The glass case broke and the muffins spilled onto the floor. Britt was later arrested at his home, released with an appearance ticket for the Town of Brunswick Court.

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