Church-bound woman held for entering cars

Fromv Mirror staff reports

An Altoona woman who allegedly told police she was on her way to church and promised to try not to steal if they let her go, now faces two felony charges.

Cynthia Betar, 60, of 903 Second Ave., was arrested Sunday morning by Altoona police after a resident on the 1200 block of Third Avenue called to report a woman had been in his parked vehicle and was now fleeing down the alley.

According to charges filed by Altoona police, the resident followed and Betar was jogging down the alley to get away when officers arrived and were told she had entered two vehicles.

Betar allegedly told police she was walking to church, made “a mistake” and promised to try not to steal again if officers let her go, Altoona police Patrolman William Han­elly Jr. wrote in the charges.

Betar has four previous convictions for stealing from a motor vehicle so she was charged with two felony counts of theft from a motor vehicle, police said.

Betar was released on an unsecured $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear at Central Court on May 22 for a preliminary hearing.

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