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Thieves Steal Church Donation Box Full of Cash, NYPD Says

By  Aidan Gardiner and Ben Fractenberg | October 21, 2013 10:10am | Updated on October 21, 2013 12:27pm

 Thieves robbed Our Lady of Sorrows on Stanton Street, police said.
Thieves robbed Our Lady of Sorrows on Stanton Street, police said.
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MANHATTAN — Two thieves stole a wooden donation box from a Lower East Side church Thursday evening, the NYPD said.

The two men broke into Our Lady of Sorrows, 213 Stanton St., about 7:23 p.m. and ran off with the box full of cash, police said.

A worker at the church said they didn't realize right away that the box, which is used to collect donations from people who light candles in the church, was missing.

"We didn't notice until I think the next day," said the worker, who declined to give her name. "Nobody would think somebody would walk out with that."

She added that the money in the box was used to support the church, which organizes community programs including a food pantry that gives out meals three days a week.

"They are people who don't have any conscience," the worker said of the thieves.

One of the suspected thieves appeared to be bald with facial hair and was wearing headphones and a light colored hoodie, according to surveillance photos released by police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).