Nothing sacred, says priest after €5,000 church theft

| January 13, 2013

THIEVES ransacked a church sacristy and stole the entire Christmas collections of €5,000 from a safe.

Fr Joe Shire – who is parish priest in Ballyagran, Co Limerick – said nothing is sacred anymore after the community's parish church was targeted on Christmas Day.

Thieves broke into the church through a rear sacristy door sometime between Christmas Day and St Stephen's Day. Another internal door was also forced open.

Drawers in the sacristy were ransacked and chalices were left thrown on the ground.

After locating a safe, the thieves took it outside, forced it open and stole €5,000 in cash and cheques. Criminal damage amounting to €500 was caused during the incident.

The break-in was discovered by the parish sacristan shortly before 10am Mass on St Stephen's Day.

Fr Shire said all in the Limerick parish have been left reeling.

"We were absolutely shocked and disappointed that something like this could happen during the season of goodwill and that somebody would actually come to a parish church on Christmas night and break down the back door and take the safe out the back and scatter all the sacred vessels on the ground," he said.'

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