Burglars Ransack, Steal Money From Church

They arrived to worship and discovered a crime.

Police say someone broke into the Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Church on Hillendale Drive, some time after services ended on Sunday.

The crime went undiscovered until early services Monday morning. Father Joe Muensch says he realized something was wrong when he unlocked the doors to the church.

The safe inside had been smashed and emptied. The burglars got away with checks and cash from Sunday's offerings. Police say the amount was in the five figures.

Father Muensch says the burglars also ransacked the parish offices that are next door to the church.

Lexington police say they think it could be an inside job because the doors to the church were locked. Church leaders say they wont jump to any sort of conclusions.

Church leaders also say they'll continue to keep their "open door policy," and continue to welcome anyone into the church.


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  • by Jeff Location: Lex on May 6, 2008 at 08:16 AM
    Gotta give a pat on the back to all the local media for an excellent job reporting on the very large amount of cash they have in there.
  • by Gil Location: Richmond on May 6, 2008 at 04:25 AM
    Just a thought...perhaps it was an inside job, but the person or persons could have been in the church prior to closing. This would account for no signs of forcible entry. Pretty bad when people steal from a church. Bad too, when God is no longer allowed in our daily activities no matter where they may lead us.
  • by Sheila Location: Richmond on May 5, 2008 at 10:46 AM
    Can't trust anyone these days. What a shame.
  • by Jules Location: Lexington on May 5, 2008 at 09:00 AM
    What is the world coming to when people start breaking into churches and stealing from God's house? May God have mercy on the souls of the ones who did this. They will have to answer to the highest of judges - GOD.

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