Suspect steals church donations

The High Springs Police Department is investigating the theft of donation box money from the St. Madeleine Catholic Church.

The incident occurred at 2 p.m. on Sept. 12, a Sunday. A male who appeared to be between the ages of 45 and 55 years old entered the church sanctuary and broke into three locked donation boxes with a small pry bar tool and stole about $100.

“Right now our detective is combing through tips,” High Springs Police Chief Antoine Sheppard said in a phone interview. “We are still not sure if this person is local or someone who was just passing through.”

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The suspect is of possible Middle Eastern, Hispanic, or Italian ethnicity, around 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 in height and likely weighed between 200 and 220 pounds. He has black hair that is starting to grey with a slight bald spot on top, thick, black eyebrows, a black mustache and olive-colored skin. He was dressed in a green, short-sleeved T-shirt with horizontal stripes, navy blue pants, and dark-colored shoes.

Investigators believe the man’s getaway vehicle was a 2002 silver/gray Toyota Camry sedan with dark window tint.

The High Springs Police Department is asking anyone with information to call the Combined Communications Center at 352-955-1818.

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