diofav 23

Catholic News Herald

Serving Christ and Connecting Catholics in Western North Carolina

CHARLOTTE — Police are investigating the reported robbery of more than $10,000 from St. Ann Church’s weekly bank deposit.

According to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police report, an unarmed man robbed a parish employee Aug. 28 when she attempted to deposit the parish’s weekly offertory in the night deposit box at the Wells Fargo branch used by the parish. The total taken amounted to $10,654.

According to the report, the suspect accosted the employee outside the bank Monday a little after 11 a.m., and “strong arm robbed her,” then “fled the scene on foot.” The employee was not injured, and she immediately alerted police.

The stolen cash, totaling $1,816, will be covered by insurance and will not affect parish finances. Another $8,838 in checks were also in the bag. The parish will be contacting parishioners whose checks were among those stolen. Additionally, a claim will be filed with the Diocese of Charlotte's insurance carrier for stolen funds that are not ultimately recovered, diocesan officials said.

— Patricia L. Guilfoyle, editor