Donation money stolen from St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland |

Donation money stolen from St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland

Jacob Tierney
The sun is eclipsed by the moon on Christmas Day over St. Paul Cathedral, in Oakland, Monday, December 25, 2000.

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is urging parishioners to be vigilant after discovering the theft of cash from votive boxes in St. Paul’s Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.

Police told Tribune-Review news partner WPXI that two thieves hid inside the church until the coast was clear, then made off with the cash, damaging the votive boxes in the process.

The amount stolen was not disclosed.

In a Facebook post Sunday, diocese officials described the theft as a “reminder that everyone in our parishes needs to be vigilant in watching for suspicious behavior and to respond immediately by calling 911.”

Church officials said it wasn’t clear when the theft happened, because nobody reported damage to the votive boxes for some time. Parishioners should report signs of damage immediately, they said on Facebook.

The cathedral also announced a new restroom policy. The restrooms will now be locked except during Mass.

This change was made on the recommendation of the cathedral’s security committee, which includes members of law enforcement, according to church officials.

“This may be an inconvenience to some who have been using the rest rooms in off hours, but the risks are too great, and we need to be more diligent in securing our facilities,” the cathedral posted on Facebook.

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter @Soolseem.