North St. Paul church’s offerings stolen the week before Christmas

Sunday collection plate offerings were stolen Dec. 19 from Christ Lutheran Church located on East 17th Avenue in North St. Paul.

Members of Christ Lutheran Church in North St. Paul were saddened to learn the church was burglarized the night of Monday, Dec. 19, and the Sunday collection plate offerings were stolen. 

The break-in and theft were discovered by staff the morning of Dec. 20, and police were immediately summoned to the church at 2475 E. 17th Ave.

Capt. Dustin Nikituk of the North St. Paul Police Department noted “a considerable amount of money” was stolen in the form of cash, checks and gift cards, and the thief or thieves broke windows to get into the building.

Christ Lutheran staff declined to comment at this time, but the congregation was notified via email.

The email explains, “We have reported the theft to the insurance company and our bank. We wanted to notify you immediately so you can monitor your bank account for any suspicious activity from December 7 into the future.” 

It later adds, “No E-giving, personnel files, membership data or other files were compromised.”

Nikituk said a team of police investigators checked the church for fingerprints and are developing a suspect profile. He added that police don’t think the theft was related to any other recent home invasions and burglaries in the area.

“It was calculated — it doesn’t appear to be a random act,” Nikituk said. 

The email to parishioners advises, “If you gave a check between December 7 - 18 (excluded Monday, December 19 offering), it is recommended that you contact your bank to notify them of the stolen offering check (most banks will waive any stop check fees for a stolen donation).”


Rate this article: 
Average: 2.5 (2 votes)
Comment Here