Macomb Township — Police are investigating a robbery of up to $200 from St. Isidore Catholic Community’s donation boxes.
Ron Pakizer, church operations director/business manager, said a suspect or suspects entered an open door while maintenance was being done at the church Thursday. The theft was discovered the next day.
Pakizer said three boxes in the lobby of the church — two for candle donations and one benefiting St. Vincent de Paul — were pried open.
The amount stolen could be between $80 and $200, he said.
“We didn’t have a chance to count what was in the boxes,” Pakizer said.
The suspect or suspects also kicked in an office door, destroying the lock, according to a release from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.
Pakizer said money has been stolen before, but usually while the church was open to parishioners.
“It is disturbing and disappointing. You feel violated,” he said.
St. Isidore is the latest Catholic church to be a target of thieves.
Eric Joseph-Edward Eby, 19, of Shelby Township pleaded guilty in Macomb County Circuit Court last month in the break-ins of several churches and businesses, his attorney, Thomas Tomko, said Monday.
One of the break-ins was St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Shelby Township. The St. Therese theft occurred on Easter and it was estimated $40,000 was stolen.
Charges against Eby include safe-breaking, breaking and entering, possessing burglar tools and possessing and concealing stolen property said Tomko.
Eby will be sentenced Nov. 15 in Macomb County Circuit Court.
Eby was one of three men arrested in a rash of break-ins that included Clinton Township’s St. Luke Lutheran Church and Utica’s St. Lawrence Catholic Church.
Anyone with information on the theft at St. Isidore is asked to contact the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at (586) 307-9358.