Some churches in Waterloo Region are keeping an extra eye out on Sundays after a string of thefts during busy services in recent months.
The thieves don’t follow any denominational lines — they’ve struck Catholic, Pentecostal and Evangelical churches while parishioners gather for worship, taking keys from inside the building and stealing cars out of the parking lot.
Police feel there’s enough of a pattern they need to warn church-goers to keep an eye out for suspicious people hanging about during services.
After a busy Easter Sunday at St. Francis of Assisi on Blueridge Avenue last week, Rev. Peter Pelletier couldn’t find his silver Chrysler Cirrus. At some point during the Catholic church’s packed masses, someone entered the private room where the mass is prepared and stole his keys, he said.
These thieves have take ecumenism too far.