Woman Accused of Ripping Off Nuns' Famous Cheesecake

Cameras caught woman, daughter swiping treats without leaving money
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 5, 2017 8:02 AM CST
Woman Accused of Ripping Off Nuns' Famous Cheesecake
In this Thursday, July 16, 2015 photo, cheesecakes bake in an oven at New Skete Kitchens in Cambridge, NY. The nuns of New Skete lead a cloistered life marked by prayer, contemplation and baking cheesecakes, lots of cheesecake.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

New York State Police say they've charged a 48-year-old woman with stealing $250 worth of baked goods from an order of nuns known for their cheesecake. Troopers say the theft occurred last month at the Nuns of New Skete monastery in the rural town of White Creek, on the Vermont border, 35 miles northeast of Albany. The nuns sell their cheesecakes and pastries on the honor system at the monastery's unstaffed gift shop, reports the AP. Police say surveillance cameras caught Angelique Smith and another woman taking merchandise without leaving money in the drop box.

"They try to believe in their fellow man, and they want people to do the right thing," a neighbor tells News 10 of the nuns' honor system. Troopers say surveillance photos released earlier this week and social media postings of the images led to the arrest of Smith, from North Arlington, Vt. The other woman was identified as her 21-year-old daughter, who wasn't charged. The cheesecakes sell for $49 and up.

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