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Nun robbed of rosary beads

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Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 08/22/16

From the Facebook page of the Quincy, MA police department:

On Sunday, August 21, 2016 at approximately 2:05PM, Officer Ken Wood responded to a report of an armed robbery. Officer Wood spoke to the victim, a Sister at The Daughters of Mary of Nazareth Convent. The victim stated that she was walking, in civilian clothing, on Phipps St, by Water St, when a female approached her and attempted to take a small satchel out of her left hand. She told the female suspect, now identified as Vanessa Young, that she didn’t have any money. A small struggle ensued between the victim and Ms. Young. A one point, the victim noticed that there was another female standing approximately 5-10 feet behind her looking back and forth as a look out. The victim stated she then observed that Ms. Young was holding a small knife. Ms. Young stated to the victim, “I’m not going to hurt you”. The victim tried to calm down the suspect down, opened her satchel, and showed Ms. Young the contents of her satchel (rosary beads, a key, and a small momento). Ms. Young told the victim, “I’ll guess I’ll take the rosary beads”. The victim then fled the area and ran back to the convent.Related: Iraqi nun who lived through four wars tries to bring peace to Boston The victim provided Officer Wood with a description of the two suspects, which was broadcast to area units. Officer Wood then began to search for the suspects. As he was driving, he observed two females exiting the back seat a vehicle which was stopped on Phipps Street. Both females matched the description provided by the victim. Officer Wood encountered both females and advised them that they were suspects in an earlier robbery to which both denied any involvement. Officer Parisi, who had arrived on scene to assist Officer Wood, searched the suspects and located a small locking knife, 6 cellphones of various make and models, and a checkbook belonging to a resident of Weymouth, but did not find the rosary beads. The victim responded to Officer Wood’s location and positively identified both suspects, as well as the knife that was used in the robbery. Vanessa Young, 26, of Somerville was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery, Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife), and B&E daytime to commit a felony. Three of the cell phones recovered during a search of Vanessa Young would later be identified as having been stolen during a house break which occurred around the same time on Water Street. Crystal Young, 26, of Somerville was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery and Accessory after the fact.
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