VIENNA – Austrian police say three intoxicated men were arrested after they brazenly stole collection money during a service at a Russian Orthodox church in Vienna and an outraged congregation stopped them from leaving.
Police said witnesses reported that the three first tried to make off with a collection box from the church around 9 p.m. Saturday but were stopped and thrown out by a priest.
Around an hour later, they returned to the church during a service and marched up to the altar, where one of them broke open the collection box and took about 90 euros ($95) in cash. He then shared out the money with his accomplices.
A police statement Sunday said that the men then tried to leave the church but an "enraged congregation" stopped them.