Posts Tagged ‘theft’

Church stops firewood donations to needy

Thursday, August 10th, 2023
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A church community’s firewood donations were really helping out families in Dunedin. They made the difference between being warm at home and feeling Dunedin’s cold bite. That was before last week, when thieves stole the log-splitter used to make the firewood donations possible. Dunedin City Baptist Church caretaker Malcolm Cowan says thieves cut through the Read more

Update on those stolen organ pipes

Thursday, June 1st, 2023

A church in Memphis with a rich history is rejoicing after the recovery of its stolen organ pipes. Thanks to the diligent efforts of law enforcement, the stolen truck and many of the 90-year-old organ pipes had been successfully located. Furthermore, a tip received through CrimeStoppers led the police to a nearby van, resulting in Read more

Church’s roofing iron stolen overnight

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Members of a Taranaki church are devastated after thieves stole a quarter of the iron they fundraised $28,000 for, before it could be used to fix the leaking roof of their rural church. Continue reading

Thief steals lectionary and church candle

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

It was almost a matter of bell book and candle after a thief stole the lectionary and the pascal candle from St Mary of the Angels in Wellington. First to disappear was the paschal candle. It had been used in a shrine halfway up the main aisle on the weekend of the mosque shootings in Read more

Parishioners pray for the return of stolen statue of Mary

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

The Catholics of northwest Auckland are grieving over the apparent theft of a statue of the Virgin Mary from the grounds of their church. The statue, estimated to stand 1.2m tall and filled with concrete, was wrenched out of its stone-arched grotto at St Joseph’s in Helensville, some time on Saturday night/Sunday morning. Continue reading

Church doors will stay open despite theft and vandalism

Friday, August 19th, 2016

A Taranaki priest says the church doors  will stay open despite a recent theft which fleeced a parish of more than $2,000 in electronics equipment. Father Craig Butler said while crime which targeted churches was rare, the impact was widely felt among parishioners. In June, a thief made off with five microphones and other electronic Read more

2 chalices missing from South Dunedin church

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Dunedin police are investigating the disappearance of the two sterling silver chalices from St Patrick’s Basilica in South Dunedin. One is nearly 30cm tall. It came from the  former Dunedin North Dominican Hall and dates back to 1949 according to an inscription on the chalice. The letters IHS are engraved on the front of it. Read more

Kiwi accused of stealing husband’s sperm

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has found itself involved in a bitter dispute over an Egyptian businessman’s sperm and is doing its diplomatic best to extricate itself. Mohammad Fouad has taken to court claims his Kiwi wife misused his sperm to get their maid pregnant. reports Fouad is suing his wife Read more

Vatican computer technician given suspended sentence

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

While the Vatican computer technician involved in the Vatileaks scandal has received a two-month suspended sentence, the committee of cardinal investigating the case is reported to have recommended a papal pardon for the Pope’s personal assistant at the centre of the scandal. The technician, Claudio Sciarpelletti, was found guilty of aiding and abetting Pope Benedict Read more

Priest spared in $300,000, theft, not Deacon

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass noted the stark inequity in the case of a Joliet, Ill., diocesan Catholic priest who was sentenced to 60 days in jail for stealing some $300,000 from his parish, while a Joliet diocesan deacon who stole about the same amount from his church, was given six years in prison.

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