Thieves target San Francisco church, stealing irreplaceable, historical records

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Broken glass is still scattered across the floor where a group of thieves stole a safe from a San Francisco church.

“We never thought anyone would come in here let alone be able to haul away this large safe,” said Michael Rossi with Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church.

Rossi says they discovered the break in early Wednesday morning and noticed the safe was missing from the priory. Inside the safe was $9,000 dollars worth of gift cards given to struggling families but also Sacramental records dating back to 1873.

“These books are absolutely irreplaceable,” said Father Isaiah Molano. Molano says the history of the Parish has been stolen and with it the history of people and their lives with the church.

Religious ceremonies such as baptisms, marriages or funerals were all recorded into 20 leather bound books.

“It really catalogues the history of Saint Dominics and this part of the city and currently that history is gone. This part of the church’s story and the story of our community has been taken from us,” he said.

The burglars broke in through a window and used a hand truck to carry safe away.

It’s believed they were looking for money from church collections, but that money was already in the bank.

Father Molano says the parish is now praying for a safe return of the books.

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