Police search for suspect in string of church donation box thefts [Updated]
Glendale police officers are searching for a man they believe has repeatedly pilfered donation boxes at Holy Family Catholic Church in recent months, stealing hundreds of dollars meant for the poor.
The most recent incident took place on Dec. 27 when the man was spotted at 4 p.m. in front of Holy Family School, said Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.
The man disappeared, only to be seen an hour later inside the Lomita Avenue church entrance allegedly stealing money from the Haiti relief offering box. He fled before police arrived.
"Unfortunately it is an easy target because it is a church that often opens its doors to the members of the community, and the church does have members that donate money to various causes," Lorenz said.
-- Megan O'Neil
[Updated at 12:08 a.m. Jan. 5: An earlier version of this post incorrectly credited Melaine Hicken as the reporter.]