Washington D.C., Feb 18, 2021 / 16:00 pm
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is warning its parishes to remain alert after a man was arrested for stealing from a series of local churches.
“At this time, we are in the process of communicating broadly with all parishes in the Archdiocese as a matter of precaution to alert pastors to the recent localized rash of thefts,” Ken Gavin, chief communications officer for the archdiocese, told CNA on Thursday.
On Wednesday, NBC 10 Philadelphia reported that local police caught a man in the act of stealing from the poor box at St. Katharine of Siena Church in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Police officers had stationed themselves at the parish after reports of area churches being repeatedly robbed, with St. Katharine’s being a target.
Officers arrested the man, identified as Lorenzo Muniz, 35, of Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Muniz confessed to police that he had robbed a number of churches repeatedly since late January.