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Man apprehended in church donation-box thefts in Glendale, Burbank

January 10, 2011 | 10:00 pm

Peter Manuel Galindro A man on parole for burglary was apprehended Monday night in connection with stealing money from church donation boxes in Glendale and  Burbank, police said.

The money that was stolen included funds earmarked for Haitian relief efforts, which was taken from Holy Family Catholic Church in Glendale, police said. At least one other church, St. Finbar's Catholic Church in Burbank, was targeted.

"It was definitely two and probably several" churches that were targeted, Glendale Police Department Sgt. Thomas R. Lorenz said.

Peter Manuel Galindro, 52, was apprehended at his mother's home in Downey by a law-enforcement task force. He is on parole for burglary, Lorenz said.

The donation boxes had been opened with a pick device, according to Lorenz.

"When you steal from the church," he said, "you're dealing with a higher authority."

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. William at (818) 548-3127.


Police seek suspect in church donation-box thefts

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Peter Manuel Galindro. Credit. Glendale Police Department