Volunteer charged with stealing from Alexandria church

A 53-year-old Annandale woman who volunteered to count her church’s weekly collection is accused of stealing from it.

Sandra Iree Cortes has been arrested and charged with three counts of grand larceny.

Fairfax County detectives set up a surveillance operation at the Queen of Apostles Church at 4329 Sano Street after a church employee told them a volunteer was suspected of stealing cash while counting it. Investigators say they saw Cortes doing that and arrested her.



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Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.