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VILLAIN VICTIMIZES HOUSE OF WORSHIP

BSO Case Number: TM02-06-01777
PIO Number: 02-7-28
Date: June 13, 2002
Place of Occurrence: St. Malachy Catholic Church, 6200 John Horan Terrace, Tamarac

Victim(s):

  • St. Malachy Catholic Church

Suspect(s):

  • Unidentified white male in his late 20’s to mid 30’s

Description of Incident:

The man who brazenly stole an ornate collection box filled with money from a Tamarac church may be praying that the Broward Sheriff's Office finds him before a higher authority does.

The thief was being watched from above as he committed the early morning crime at Saint Malachy Catholic Church. A security camera recorded the scoundrel as he walked up to the collection box, kneeled down, looked around, picked up the box, and calmly walked out with the collections.

The suspect hit the church at about 4:40 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2002. The chapel is open around the clock for the public. Workers at the church noticed the box missing later the next day.

Detectives from the Broward Sheriff's Office District VII (Tamarac) say the collection box, valued at nearly $300.00, was found smashed open near the church. Missing from the box was perhaps $100.00 in collections.

Crime scene photos of the suspect are attached to this news release, posted on the Broward Sheriff’s Office website: www.sheriff.org.

A reward of up to $1,000.00 may be available for information on this crime. Anyone with information on this crime should call (954) 493-TIPS.

Attention media: For your production purposes, a short, B&W , decent quality video clip of the suspect is available at the BSO Media Relations Office M-F from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. V. Ciacciarelli, D7 CI
THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf / PIO 7/22/02 1:30 p.m.

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