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CHICAGO (STMW) – Bond was set at $75,000 on Friday for a 17-year old girl accused of stealing money from a church office while her accomplice robbed a church employee earlier this month in the Far South Side Altgeld Gardens neighborhood.

Ukegco Bonds and an unknown man allegedly entered the New Beginnings Full Gospel Ministries at 13707 S. Leyden Ave. on March 1, police said.

The accomplice, implying he had a gun, searched the victim’s pocket, taking $50 and a wedding band while Bonds went into the church office and took $1,925, police said.

Both fled the church, but Bonds was arrested early Thursday at 220 E. 136th St. She was charged as an adult with one count of aggravated robbery, police said.

On Friday, Judge Donald Panarese ordered Bonds held on $75,000 bond and set a preliminary hearing for March 31, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin said.

The victim told police he recognized Bonds because he does tax work for her family.

The male accomplice had not been arrested as of Friday afternoon.

Calumet Area detectives are investigating.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2011. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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