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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Woman arrested for stealing money from church

A volunteer at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church in Lincolnia has been arrested for stealing several thousand dollars from the weekly collection as she was counting donations from church members.

Sandra Irene Cortes of Annandale, age 53, was charged with three counts of grand larceny, the Fairfax County Police Department reports.

An employee from the parish office who was suspicious about Cortes’ actions contacted the police on Sept. 7.  Detectives from the criminal investigation section in the Mason Police District set up a surveillance operation and observed the suspect pocketing money from the church collection.

Anyone with additional information on Cortes is asked to contact the criminal investigation section, 703-256-8035, the FCPD, 703-691-2131, or submit an anonymous tip to Crime Solvers.

In other crime news, there was an armed robbery at Bennett Drive and Columbia Pike in Annandale at around 1:20 a.m. on Sept. 17. A man was walking home when he was approached by a stranger who asked for his wallet and then pulled out a gun from his waistband.

The suspect then ran off and was seen heading east on Columbia Pike. The suspect is described as a black male, 18 to 25 years old. He was wearing a gray t-shirt, dark pants, and a baseball cap.


  1. This woman has a history of drinking dog blood.
    She consumed the actual blood of canines and got three years for animal cruelty in Prince William County.

    1. Really! How do you know that?

    2. Thursday, January 8, 2009

      Woman Given 3 Years for Animal Cruelty

      A Prince William County judge has sentenced a woman convicted of cruelty to more than two dozen dogs to three years and three months in jail and ordered that she not have any contact with animals for 10 years.
      Sandra I. Cortes of Annandale was convicted last year of 27 counts of animal cruelty, after she neglected and abused animals she kept at a Manassas house that billed itself as an animal rescue operation.
      Cortes was sentenced Dec. 29 by Judge Peter W. Steketee in Prince William County General District Court. She was also ordered to pay more than $13,000 in restitution to the county and one of the dog owners.

  2. Not saying what she did is right, but you should check your facts. Time served was not 3 years.

  3. How do you find out if she actually served time for the conviction of animal cruelty? Did she appeal the conviction? How do you find out if her appeal was successful?

  4. This disgusting woman was convicted for animal cruelty and stole from the church. Now she recently lost her kid. Karma has a way of getting you, doesn't it??