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Armed men reportedly rob New York church during funeral

Two armed suspects reportedly robbed a New York church during a funeral, demanding money from two employees. reports that the two men, who wore masks and hazardous material-type suits while wielding a knife and a gun, forced their way into the rectory at St. Sloysiuis Gonzaga Church in Cheektowga on Monday.

Police said the men demanded money from two female church employees, who handed over money from a safe and their own purses. The victims were not injured.

"Secretary who came to the door asked, 'How can I help you?' The two males asked for food. When she opened the door, they pushed their way in," Cheektowaga Police Det. Lt. Tom Wentland said.

Officials from the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo said a funeral was being held inside the church when the robbery occurred.

The suspects were spotted leaving the scene in a newer model silver Cadillac. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Cheektowaga Police at (716) 686-3505.

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