Community concerned after theft at church

An East Oahu church wants the community to be on high alert after someone stole money from its volunteers.

It happened around 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Holy Nativity Church says a man stole a teacher’s camera from a classroom, then went to the thrift shop and took money and bank information from volunteers, who had left their purses in a back office.

“We also heard stories of a neighboring church that also had a similar incident happen that same day just about half an hour before. All of these people who work at the thrift shop are all there on a volunteer basis, and they’re all senior citizens. To have someone like that be a victim of such a crime really seems so unfair, and that’s what makes me most upset,” Holy Nativity Church facilities manager Nolan Hong said.

Honolulu police have classified the case as an attempted burglary because while surveillance video shows the suspect in the thrift shop. There are no cameras in the office.

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