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Woman charged with stealing from teacher

11:37 PM, Nov 1, 2012   |    comments
Leanne Wendt
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LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman is facing a larceny charge after police say she got into a school and stole money from a teacher's purse, and officers believe she may be responsible for more thefts.

Leanne Wendt, 31, appeared in court Thursday on a charge of larceny from a building.  The judge set her bond at $7,500.

According to Lowell Police, Wendt was in Bushnell Elementary on October 5, and was caught stealing money from a teacher's purse in an empty classroom.  The teacher confronted Wendt, who was found in the school without a visitor's pass.

School workers and police had had prior contact with Wendt, and were able to identify her from the school's surveillance video.

Lowell Public Schools has banned Wendt from all of its campuses.

Investigators say Wendt is also a person of interest in similar thefts at other schools in Kent County. 

Police say Wendt does not have school-age children, and that there were no activities going on at Bushnell that would have allowed an adult without children to be on the premises.

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