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Who'd steal from a church?

Whoever pulled off the burglary was ignoring this Commandment

Who'd steal from a church?

By Craig Smith. CREATED Jul 31, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Stealing from anyone is wrong but stealing from a church is just about as low as it gets. That's what happened at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church on North Shannon Road.
      
When it comes to crime stories, you often want to say, "Is nothing sacred"? "What's the world coming to?
      
That really applies to this one.

You'd expect most of the people who come to a church to know the Ten Commandments.  But someone who slipped in well after the service at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church ignored the one that says, "Thou shalt not steal".

Parishioner Michael Howard says, "I'd hope they were ashamed of what they had done, especially in the House of God."

Theresa Howard says, "…and somebody comes to the house of the Lord and steals the money that was here."
     
That money was the Sunday collections and perhaps other money too---money parishioners may have stretched to share to maintain the church and it's works.

As Sheriff's Deputies investigate they're not sharing details of what they know so far.

KGUN9 reporter Craig Smith asked Deputy Terry Suitt: "One of those cases where if you know it, you're a suspect?"

Deputy Suitt said: "Pretty much, that's what we're thinking.  That's what we're hoping for."

The hurt, the shock, the anger, the outrage are something this church has experienced before.  This same church was hit about two years ago.
     
That burglary was also a Monday, right after the Sunday collections.
The Catholic Diocese of Tucson says in the last two years, six of it's churches have been hit, some of them two and three times by thieves who seem to find nothing sacred but money.
     
While researching this story, people we talked to today said, if someone's in so much need they're prepared to steal, the church would work to help them, but stealing from the church makes that harder.

Craig Smith

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Craig enjoys using innovative writing and visuals to make difficult stories easier to understand. As a newsroom manager at KGUN 9, Craig was part of the team that won three best newscast awards from Arizona Associated Press