Glendale police are searching for a man they believe has repeatedly broken into donation boxes at a local Catholic church, including money donated to help relief efforts in Haiti.
The most recent theft at Holy Family Catholic Church occurred Dec. 27 when the thief, described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, bald, middle-aged and of Middle Eastern or Latino descent, was spotted at 4 p.m. in front of Holy Family School, said Sgt. Tom Lorenz. Most recently, the man was seen wearing a blue jacket and jeans. He also has several visible tattoos on his neck.
The man disappeared but was seen an hour later inside the Lomita Avenue church entrance stealing money from the Haiti relief offering box. He fled before police arrived.
"Unfortunately, it is an easy target because it is a church that often opens its doors to the members of the community, and the church does have members that donate money to various causes," Lorenz said.