Police: Man with ‘bulbous’ nose swipes Carver church collection

| May 11, 2010

CARVER — A man with dark, hairy arms and a “bulbous” nose walked into a Catholic church and swiped two velvet bags containing the evening’s collection, the Carver police said.

A composite of the suspect, distributed to media on Monday, shows a middle-aged white man wearing eye glasses, his face covered in a 5-o’clock shadow.

The theft was reported two days after the Saturday evening Mass on May 1 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on Main Street in Carver.

Officer Sheri Sarmento said a parishioner inside the sanctuary after the 5 p.m. service had ended watched the man stuff the velvet bags into a black duffel bag, then leave the church. But the parishioner figured the man for a church employee.

The bag contained cash offerings and personal checks. The money had not been counted. Church officials said a typical collection is about $900, according to Sarmento. Part of the money would have gone to a parish development fund.

“I haven’t had any complaints about people having their checks cashed,” she said.

Church officials could not be reached Monday.

A police press release noted the suspect headed in the direction of a car show held that night in Carver Square. The man was described as in his late 40s or early 50s, 5-feet 10-inches at the tallest, and with short, salt-and-pepper colored hair.

The man wore a red T-shirt and jeans at the time of the theft. There was white lettering on his duffel bag. He had dark-colored, hairy arms, a hairy chest, and what police called a “bulbous” nose.

“The suspect appeared to be of Italian or Greek descent,” according to the press release.

Anyone with information should call Carver Police at 508-866-2000 and ask to speak to officer Sarmento.

 

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