A man is accused of stealing $11,000 from an East Village church this weekend, with cops alleging the suspect snuck into a priest's bedroom and lifted the cash from his nightstand.
According to the NYPD, a suspect entered the Church of the Immaculate Conception on East 14th Street near 1st Ave at around 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, entering a third floor bedroom. There, cops say he snagged 11,000 dollars in cash from a nightstand.
The suspect, whom cops describe as a light skinned male in a black baseball hat, white sneakers, brown shorts and a red t-shirt, was caught on surveillance tape:
One of the church's priests, Reverend Kevin Nelan, told ABC News that the cash was being held by the hospital chaplain for a bishop visiting from Nigeria. The chaplain was supposed to deposit the cash on Friday, but was unable to do so. "That that room was open and that that kind of money was there, because normally there would not be that kind of money sitting there," he told the station. "That money is, for them, very important, you know. And then for someone to break in and take it, it's a shame." Nelan also says surveillance video shows the suspect attempting to access his room.
The NYPD is still searching for the suspect. Anyone with information in regards to this burglary is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP57.