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Reward offered for arrest in church purse snatching


Waterbury police are looking for the person responsible for stealing a woman's purse while she was getting Communion during Sunday's mass. And now, the victim is offering a reward for any information leading to an arrest. 

The purse was especially valuable to Celeste Galli-Dyer because it contained a keepsake from her mother, who died about two months ago. She added that her wallet also contained $5 at most.

"I had a cross of hers," she told Eyewitness News. "I had her rosary beads in there and they all mean so, very, very much to me."

The incident occurred on Sunday morning at the Our Lady of the Lourdes Church on South Main Street. Galli-Dyer said she went to receive communion and when she returned about two minutes later, her purse was gone.

"I came back to the pew and my fanny pack was gone," she said.

More than 24 hours later, no arrests have been made. So, Galli-Dyer is fighting back by offering a $500 reward for information leading to the suspect's arrest.

"You don't know the love that I have for her," she said. "If anybody out there has the same kind of love, you do the right thing."

Waterbury police are investigating the incident, however, they do not have a lot of leads.

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