Symbolic image of the breaking open of an offering box © Harald Oppitz (KNA)
A vigilant sexton in Munich's Church of the Holy Spirit convicted two offertory thieves in two days. After catching a man in the act on Thursday evening, he was able to catch another thief one day later.
This is reported by the "Munchner Merkur" (Monday). According to the report, 30-year-old Alexander Kastner noticed a man pushing his way around the offertory on Thursday evening last week. In order to be able to observe him more closely, Kastner sat down in one of the pews, pulled out his smartphone and thus had a view of the 16 installed church cameras. His suspicions were immediately confirmed: the unknown person had tried to pull bills and coins out of the boxes with the help of double-sided adhesive tape, according to the sexton.
Two days of special leave as a thank you
Kastner then briefly left the church, waved to a passing patrol car and a short time later the two policemen already arrested the man, as the newspaper reports. A day later, an accomplice of the first thief apparently turned up. Again, the sexton had called the police, so that the second perpetrator could also be caught. Pastor Rainer Maria Schiebler praised the efforts of Kastner. As a thank you, he wants to invite the sexton, with whom he shares a passion for motorcycling, on a trip. In addition, there will be two more days of special leave for his employee, as the "Munchner Merkur" writes.