MONTEBELLO (AP) — A Southern California woman is under arrest on suspicion of stealing religious jewelry from children.

Belinda Berumen, 42, was arrested Wednesday by Montebello police for grand theft. She was released on $25,000 bail.

Police officials tell the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that Berumen is suspected of stealing gold jewelry featuring Christian symbols from five first- and second-graders at Washington Elementary School.

Her child attends the school.

Investigators believe Berumen would offer to hold the jewelry while the children played or would tell them there was something wrong with the items and she would fix them.

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Comments (6)
  1. marilyn says:

    She’s arrested for Grand Theft and Lohan is deciding if she wants to go to jail or not? Let’s get some equality here. and if Lohan goes to jail don’t let her out in 10 minutes due to “overcrowding” — only the lohans and hiltons get out early.

  2. socalmal says:

    Why would she steal the kid’s religious emblems? This is a “hate crime” against Christians; the parents need to make their voices heard!

  3. christian says:

    i know Belinda personally i am her neighbor she is a great woman and a human being. she is not the person you think she is all of are wrong everyone has mistakes in life they regret. she is a good mother, outgoing and is friendly and always helps other people out. everyone is misjudging the situation but she deserves another chance and i know she won’t commit this again.

    1. Maria says:

      Thats not right what this lady did… Why did she take the gold from kids at school. How come she didnt return it. Since her neighbor says shes not the person we think she is. I think shes a THEFT and she should learn her lesson because shes a mother. Does she teach her kids to steal. Thats not right. I wonder what else she would do. I wouldnt want this Theft around my kids…

  4. Ladyfather says:

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