2010-03-04 / Local & State

Police: Thief Stole Collection Plate From Usher

DREXEL HILL, Pa. (AP) – Police are searching for a man they say swiped a collection plate from a teenage usher at a suburban Philadelphia Roman Catholic church.

Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says the robbery happened Sunday morning during Mass at St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church in Drexel Hill.

Chitwood says a man wearing a ski mask and sunglasses approached the usher as he was carrying the offering to the rectory and demanded the money. The usher handed the money over and the suspect took off.

Police found the ski mask and glasses in the trash at a nearby trolley stop.

Chitwood says the money in the offering had not yet been counted so it’s unclear how much was lost.

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