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St. Charles church reports theft from ‘poor boxes’

Published: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 8:53 a.m. CST

ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles church that receives hundreds to thousands of dollars in donations this time of year through its “poor boxes” reported Monday that money and gift cards were stolen from the objects, according to a St. Charles Police Department report.

Because checks were in the boxes, employees of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2900 E. Main St., were convinced that donations were not down but that someone was stealing the money, police reported.

As a test, an employee placed $6 in one of the poor boxes – which are locked and placed around the church – on the afternoon of Dec. 5. The cash was gone when she checked the box Monday morning, police reported.

A $125 gift card to Walmart was reported missing from elsewhere in the church.

Police reportedly found no signs of tampering and advised the church to collect donations another way and to be more safety conscious.

It is not known how much money was stolen, police said. The church employee declined to comment when contacted Friday afternoon.

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