There’s apparently no crime too small for a court of law, as a 31-year-old Pennsylvania man is finding out. He allegedly swiped a whopping $1.50 from a a church collection jar and now could be headed to trial. His arrest and subsequent charges of felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass were a result of the church installing security cameras to catch thieves.
You might be saying, “But six quarters? That’s nothing!” but the law is the law, and the man already waived a preliminary hearing on the above charges, reports The Centre Daily Times.
Cops say he broke into the church on Nov. 15 and rifled through various drawers, moving items around and then taking the quarters from a coin jar. That money was being collected to donate to charity, as is often the case with religious institutions.
He might not have been caught, except that there had been three other recent break-ins, which had prompted the church to install a security camera. The suspect was allegedly caught on camera committing the burglary, and was later identified by the police.
He’s also been charged with misdemeanor counts of institutional vandalism, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
Man charged with stealing $1.50 from church [The Centre Daily Times]