Church hit by thieves twice in one day

Ashland Christian Fellowship was the scene of two crimes on Tuesday.

At about 1:20 p.m., Corey Malbeck, 22 and Brittany Lovrovich, 20, both of Ashland, entered Ashland Christian Fellowship on Hersey Street asking for food, said Ashland police Lt. Corey Falls. When a woman at the church left the room to get food for the couple, Lovrovich and Malbeck took the woman's wallet from her purse, which she had left on the counter, and fled the church, said Falls.

When the woman returned, she realized items were missing from her purse and called police to report the crime, but charges quickly appeared on her stolen credit cards.

With suspect and vehicle descriptions, a patrol officer spotted Lovrovich and Malbeck at 3:47 p.m., Falls said. The couple had the woman's wallet, but had thrown her credit cards in the bushes, police said. The credit cards were later recovered.

Both Malbeck and Lovrovich were arrested and each of them were charged with four counts of identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and second-degree theft.

Overnight, someone entered the church at an unknown time and took a laptop, tools, appliances and other miscellaneous items, said Falls. That theft was discovered Wednesday morning.

Police have no suspects in the overnight burglary. Anyone who saw suspicious behavior the night of the burglary or has any additional information is urged to contact Ashland police at 541-482-5211.

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