Police hunt thieves in church donation box robberies caught on camera

New York City police have released surveillance video of a woman pilfering a donation box during a burglary at a parish church last week.

Police say the woman and her male accomplice forced their way into St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church in Howard Beach, Queens, around 3 a.m. Thursday and looted four collection boxes, stealing about $400 in cash.

"The perpetrators then fled in a red four-door sedan,” the NYPD's 106th precinct said.

Police released the video footage seeking to identify the woman.

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The video shows the woman appearing to look everywhere but at the camera before looting the large cash box, the New York Post reported.

The break-in damaged the church’s front door, according to WCBS-TV, which reported that news of the theft troubled parishioners.

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“Yeah everyone’s talking about it. They’re very upset about it,” one of them, Jasmine Mejia, told the station.