CINCINNATI (WLS) — A church on the North Side of Chicago in the Lincoln Park area had thousands of dollars stolen from it over the course of Monday night.
One of the windows at the Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church on Webster and Sheffield was pried open, according to the Chicago Police Department. As soon as they were inside, they emptied a safe and a collection box of cash.
Father Christopher Robinson, a professor of religious studies at DePaul University, said, “It’s a big loss for the church.” A major day for us is Christmas.
The theft following Christmas occurred on the following day. At least $9,000 in donations has been lost, according to estimates, by the St. Vincent De Paul Church in Lincoln Park. When church workers arrived at work on Tuesday, they discovered widespread damage throughout the building.
Says Robinson, “Right away it was obvious that something wasn’t right.” They came in through a window that had its blinds open, and there were doors open that shouldn’t have been. Following years of coping with the pandemic, Father Robinson reports that over 500 people attended Mass over the Christmas weekend.
Numerous church activities, such as a soup kitchen that feeds the homeless three times a week, have been disrupted as a result of the theft.
Robinson argued that the loss of such a collection would reduce their efforts to help the homeless. We’re keeping the lights on with our education, arts, and music programs, and they’re very popular.
We can say for sure that the suspect left an impression on the church. There is damage to a door, suggesting that the suspect attempted to break in through that point; they also believe that he pried open a window before moving on to further damage elsewhere in the church.
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Father Christopher Robinson, A Professor Of Religious Studies At DePaul University, Said, “It’s A Big Loss For The Church”
The theft during the holiday season occurred on the day after Christmas. Without these contributions, Lincoln Park’s St. Vincent de Paul Church would be at least $9,000 poorer. On Tuesday morning, church workers arrived to find widespread destruction throughout the building.
“Right away, it was obvious that something was wrong,” Robinson stated. Doors that shouldn’t have been open were, and blinds that should have blocked their entry through the window did not.
After years of dealing with the pandemic, Father Robinson reports that over 500 people attended Mass over the Christmas weekend.
The theft has now disrupted numerous church activities, such as a soup kitchen that provides meals to the homeless three times a week.
Robinson said that evidence is currently being pieced together and that there are a number of surveillance cameras on the DePaul campus that may help find the suspect.
Robinson claims surveillance footage reveals a single individual who may be responsible for the crime, but police have yet to publicly identify him as a suspect. He is waiting for that person to come forward so they can resolve this issue.
Robinson stated, “One of the first steps again is anger, but I’m just sad.” As opposed to punishing, “I’d rather look for a way to solve this.”
Robinson stated that evidence is currently being gathered and that there are a number of surveillance cameras on the DePaul campus that may help find the suspect.
Robinson says surveillance footage shows a man who may be responsible, but police haven’t released any information about him yet. He is counting on that person to come forward and help them resolve the issue.
One of the first reactions is anger, but Robinson only felt sadness. Rather than resort to punishment, I’d like to see if we can find a solution.