NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Diocese of Brooklyn said someone was caught on camera robbing a church’s collection box.Sources: Suspect In Shooting Of NYPD Officers Had Multiple Weapons, Including AR-15 With 20 Rounds Hidden Under Mattress
A nun discovered the box was tampered with while she was sanitizing pews, the church said.
“I am saddened by what happened inside our beautiful church yesterday, but I am grateful to God that no one was injured,” said a statement by Father Willy Kingsley Ndi, administrator of St. Thomas Aquinas Church.
“I understand in these unprecedented times, many people have lost their jobs and need assistance, but this is not how you turn to the church for help,” his statement continued.READ MORE: Rangers Stay Red Hot, Take Down Kings In Shootout
The Diocese of Brooklyn released this surveillance video:
The church’s surveillance video allegedly shows the suspect cutting open the collection box, taking money, then walking out. The church said it’s not sure how much was stolen.
The diocese alleged the suspect in the video appeared to pray while waiting to be alone in order to steal from the box.MORE NEWS: Knicks' Late Rally Falls Short In Road Loss To Cavaliers
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