Woman charged with stealing nuns’ renowned cheesecakes

Sister Patricia removes cheesecakes from an oven at New Skete (SKEET) monastery kitchens in Cambridge, N.Y. New York State Police say they’ve charged a 48-year-old woman with stealing $250 worth of the nuns' baked goods. (AP 2015 File photo/Mike Groll)

Sister Patricia removes cheesecakes from an oven at New Skete (SKEET) monastery kitchens in Cambridge, N.Y. New York State Police say they’ve charged a 48-year-old woman with stealing $250 worth of the nuns' baked goods. (AP 2015 File photo/Mike Groll)

WHITE CREEK, N.Y. (AP) — 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 (SKEET) monastery in the rural town of White Creek, on the Vermont border, 35 miles (56 kilometers) northeast of Albany.

The nuns sell their cheesecakes and pastries on the honor system at the monastery’s unstaffed gift shop. Police say surveillance cameras caught two women taking merchandise without leaving money in the drop box.

Troopers say surveillance photos released earlier this week and social media postings of the images led to the arrest of a woman from North Arlington, Vermont. The other woman was identified as her 21-year-old daughter, who wasn’t charged.

The cheesecakes sell for $49 and up.