While major crime plummets, the faithful get fleeced by thieves who target Bronx churches

| January 18, 2013

Is nothing sacred?

Priests at some Bronx churches have seen an uptick in crimes inside and around their houses of worship.

Purses are stolen from pews during Communion. Cars parked outside get broken into during Mass.

“It’s very sad,” said Rev. Francis Skelly of Immaculate Conception Church in Melrose. “You have to pray with one eye open.”

One priest even had a chain snatched off his neck in front of his church, St. Nicholas of Tolentine in University Heights.

“I see this guy running across the street,” said the Rev. Joseph Girone. “As soon as he crossed me, he just yanked it from my neck and kept running.”

“In a way, it’s a blessing,” Girone said of being victimized. “When someone tells me they’ve been through a crime, I can say, ‘Yeah, me too.’”

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