Woman charged with stealing nuns’ renowned cheesecakes

The woman was arrested in Vermont

In this Thursday, July 16, 2015 photo, Sister Pat mixes batter for cheesecake on Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Cambridge, N.Y. The nuns of New Skete lead a cloistered life marked by prayer, contemplation and baking cheesecakes, lot’s of cheesecake. The small group of fiercely self-reliant nuns in upstate New York have long sold cheesecakes online, continuing a centuries-old tradition of monastic orders producing fine foods to pay expenses. (AP 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 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.