Not even a church was considered too sacred to swindle.
A safe containing collection money from last weekend’s services was stolen from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church late Sunday night, according to the Houston Police Department and written messages to parishioners from Father Rafael Becerra. The priest emailed church members Monday and wrote about the incident Tuesday on the church’s Facebook page.
“So heartbreaking,” Susan Tate Aifd wrote in response to the Facebook post. “So grateful that everyone is safe.”
HPD spokesman Victor Senties said one or two males gained entry to the church at 3600 Brinkman St. through a window that was damaged during the break-in. On Tuesday, Senties said investigators were in the process of reviewing surveillance video provided by the church.
An employee at St. Rose of Lima deferred comment to the Achdiocese of Galveston-Houston, which acknowledged the burglary in a two-paragraph statement and said an “unspecified amount” was stolen. Archdiocese spokesperson Jo Ann Zuniga did not immediately provide answers to follow-up questions.
In his Monday email, Becerra encouraged church members to contact their banks or credit card companies if they made donations with checks or by writing their credit card numbers on donation slips. In his Facebook post Tuesday, he said church administrators had “reviewed and revised our security and safeguarding protocols, which will be effective and in place by June 30.”
Becerra also said St. Rose of Lima is cooperating with HPD, which encouraged anyone with information about the burglary to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.
“We will continue to keep our community informed as more information comes to light,” Becerra wrote.