Thief steals donations from Saddle Brook church on Christmas Day

Saddle Brook police are looking for a thief who broke into a Saddle Brook church on Christmas Day and stole donations from the collection boxes.

"I think that everyone feels let down. It's such a senseless act," says Saddle Brook Mayor Robert White, who is also a church parishioner.

Police say that the thief busted through a stained glass window to get into St. Phillip the Apostle Church Sunday afternoon after Christmas Mass.

"They found that several of the poor boxes had been opened up. And any proceeds inside the cash boxes had been removed," says Saddle Brook Police Capt. Vincent Laurentino.

Saddle Brook police say the thief first tried to break into the church through an old confessional, but after breaking through the window realized it was blocked. Police believe the thief then hopped onto an air conditioner, climbed onto a second confessional, and then crawled through and jumped 15 feet to the floor of the church.

"It was a lot of difficult entry for very little proceeds," Laurentino says.

Police say that they believe the theft is related to the heroin epidemic in Bergen County.

"I really believe if this individual had come to the church here at St. Phillips they would have gone out of their way to try and help them," the mayor says.

Police apparently have a few leads on who broke into the church and say they hope to make an arrest soon.

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