SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Michigan (WDIV) - During six Easter masses at St. Therese of Lisieux, the church was overflowing.
Thieves apparently figured the collection plate was too.
They entered overnight through a glass door, then pried open three more doors.
Administrative Manager Linda Maccerone says they disturbed only one room in the office area.
It contained a vault which held all the Easter collections.
"The police think they used some type of grinding, drilling-type tool to get into it. We had six collections in there from our six masses. There were six plastic bags of our sunday collections, checks and cash. We believe it to be probably around forty thousand dollars," said Maccerone.
The cash portion was roughly $6,500.
The money is insured, but some parishioners came by to make another Easter donation.