3 stole Orthodox church service: Bold thieves attempt brazen church robbery
Three drunk men tried to take money from the collections of an Orthodox church service, but the faithful congregation members prevented them from leaving the church. The 3 drunken men were arrested after shamelessly stealing the money from the collection box during Mass at a Russian Orthodox church service in Vienna, The Associated Press reported on Sunday.
According to witnesses, the trio first tried to steal the church collections around 9 pm on Saturday, but the priest managed to foil their robbery attempt and then expelled them from the place. An hour later, the men returned to the church during Mass and approached the altar, where one of them broke open the collection box and withdrew about 90 euros ($95). He distributed the money among his accomplices and the 3 tried to leave the church, but the “angry congregation” stopped them, police said in a statement.
Unfortunately, church theft is somewhat of a common occurrence and unlike the story above, thieves often get away. Just today, thieves broke into a church in Georgia and stole thousands of electronic equipment, Fox 5 reported. Police are still looking for suspects and urge anyone with any information regarding the crime to contact authorities.
Last week, deputies arrested four people in connection with a string of burglaries at churches in various parts of South Carolina. As reported by WLTX 19, police said most of the crimes took place in March, and that the group targeted eight churches during the crime spree. According to authorities, the church bandits made off with jewelry and cash, and also caused damage to the buildings.
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