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Leżajsk. Theft in the Bernardine monastery. He took liturgical vessels and a wallet with documents from the sacristy

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The 40-year-old is suspected of stealing a wallet with documents and money, as well as a gold-plated chalice, paten and chalice linen. The items disappeared from the sacristy of the Bernardine monastery in Leżajsk (Podkarpackie Province). With the use of a stolen ATM card, the man withdrew several thousand zlotys. According to the police, he confessed to everything.

The case was reported on Friday (February 17) by junior aspirant Miłosz Krzywonos, press officer of the Poviat Police Headquarters in Leżajsk. As he reported, the notification of the theft of the wallet and its contents was submitted in early February by a woman working in the basilica.

– The theft allegedly took place in the sacristy. In addition to documents and an ATM card, there was also PLN 100 in cash in the wallet. Soon after, it turned out that in addition to the wallet, a gold-plated chalice, a paten and chalice linen, valued at PLN 2,000, were also stolen, Krzywonos informed.

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The 40-year-old stole a gold-plated chalice, paten and chalice linen from the monastery KPP in Leżajsk

The press officer added that the perpetrator – using the stolen card – tried to withdraw money from the ATM nine times. He succeeded six times. – In this way, six thousand zlotys disappeared from the victim’s account – said the policeman.

After reporting the theft, the police working on the case established the identity of the suspect. And they detained a 40-year-old resident of the Łańcut district. The man was arrested and later charged.

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He confessed to the charges against him and made extensive statements. The officers recovered the stolen chalice, paten and chalice underwear, which, after completing all the activities, will return to the basilica, Krzywonos reported.

The court will decide the fate of the 40-year-old man.

The police recovered the chalice and other items, they will return to the basilica KPP in Leżajsk

The number of thefts is increasing

In 2022, 476,000 criminal offenses were recorded – 8,000 more than in 2021. Theft is the scourge – most often alcohol and expensive cosmetics disappear from stores, although there are thefts explained by poverty – “Rzeczpospolita” recently reported. Last year, thefts reached 124,000. – that’s over 12,000. more than the year before (not counting offences).

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Main photo source: KPP in Leżajsk

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