Donation box stolen from basilica

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The well-secured donation box at St. Dunstan's Basilica in Charlottetown has been stolen.

A heavy collection box secured with a chain and bolts was taken from St. Dunstan's Basilica Sunday afternoon.

Charlottetown police are investigating the theft, which occurred between 1 and 4 p.m.

Police say the donation box was made of heavy gauge metal and well secured.

Sgt. Walter Vessey said the thief or thieves who committed this offence used bolt cutters to free up the donation box so they could steal it.

He said it would have taken some planning.

"This was not a case of simply grabbing a donation box and running," Vessey said. "They would have to have gone into the church beforehand and looked at how it was secured and then gotten the tools to do the job."

"This was not a case of simply grabbing a donation box and running." Sgt. Walter Vessey, Charlottetown Police Services

As to how much money might have been in the donation box, Vessey said police did not have an estimate.

A spokesman for the church said he had no idea how much money was in the donation box either or when last it was emptied.

Anyone with information regarding this theft may contact police at 902-629-4172 or P.E.I. Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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