Unrepentant sinner smashes Daly City church window, steals guitar 

Police are hunting a sacrilegious burglar who chucked a brick through the stain-glass window of a Daly City church Sunday.

The unholy crook apparently robbed a guitar from the Holy Child St. Martin’s Episcopal Church at 777 Southgate Ave., police said.

The guy was apparently spotted earlier in the day sitting in the first pew, possibly casing the church, Rev. Leonard Oakes said. The suspect, described as a white man in his 50s, struck later in the day, when the church was empty, Oakes said.

On Monday, the priest noticed the shattered stain-glass window to a door on the right side of the church. Then he saw that the guitar was missing. It is the second guitar to have gone missing at the church recently, Oakes said.

When police reported to the church Monday, a neighbor in the area came over saying she saw the crook leaving with the guitar. At the time, she didn’t realize he was stealing the instrument. She offered a detailed description of the suspect to police, Oakes said.

“This is certainly something to alarm all the other churches,” Oakes said. ”He doesn’t have any respect of being inside the church.”

Church heists are not uncommon in the Bay Area. Clerics suggest desperate economic times have left trusting parishes vulnerable.


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