Thieves have again stolen treasures from a colonial-era church in Bolivia, including priceless 18th century oil paintings.
The Roman Catholic church in the small town of San Miguel de Tomave has has been looted three times in the last five years — and it's not the only one.
Churches in remote towns in Bolivia and Peru are increasingly becoming targets of brazen robberies, the Associated Press reports, with thieves tunneling under walls or lacing the parishioners' meals with tranquilizers to steal while they sleep.
Since 2009, Bolivian churches have reportedly been robbed 38 times of 447 objects. In Peru, 30 robberies have been reported since January of last year, with chapels looted of jewelry and silver.