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CAUGHT ON TAPE: Woman accused of stealing from community center

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Surveillance footage appears to show a woman in Spokane stealing a car and a purse from a community center on Spokane's South Hill.

Spokane Police are investigating the crime that happened last Thursday at the East Central Community Center, located just south of Interstate 90. The victim, Madeline Antcliff, is a junior at Gonzaga Prep High School. She has volunteered at the community center for the last two months.

On her last day of service, she noticed her purse was missing. When she went outside, she was missing something even bigger: her car.  

The security cameras inside the community center captured an unknown woman walking in the front entrance before heading to the Youth Room, and waiting for everyone to leave.

"And about two minutes later she runs in and heads for the kids stuff," Antcliff said. "And then she sees my purse and immediately she turns right around, goes over to the place my purse is... kind of looks through it for a second, tucks it under her left arm, and then took out the center door." Antcliff had her keys in the purse, and believes the woman seen in the video walked out into the parking lot, used the car's remote unlock to find her vehicle, then stole it. 

"How unfortunate for someone volunteering their time to help the less fortunate gets taken advantage of," said Matthew West, who works at the community center as a recreation director. West says they are used to crime around the community center, but it is frustrating to see one of their volunteers become a victim.

Madeline drives a Gold 2006 Subaru Outback Wagon. Her grandfather is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest. You can also call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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