Thieves steal Easter donations from two Detroit area churches after holiday services

SHELBY TWP., Mich. (WXYZ) - The search is on for thieves who took advantage of Easter. Two local churches were broken into and cash donations were stolen after this weekend's holiday services.

Police and church officials say someone broke into a pair of churches overnight and stole donations given on Christianity's most important holiday.

The churches hit are Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Clinton Township and Saint Therese of Lisieux Catholic Community Church in Shelby Township.

Police say the thieves were well organized.  They chose the perfect time to target the churches and get the maximum amount of cash.  They brought power tools and knew how to efficiently use them to break into safes.

At Saint Therese of Lisieux it is estimated they got away with approximately $40,000 and some of the church's chalices.

Police are not saying how much cash the thieves got away with at Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Clinton Township.

Police tell 7 Action News they believe the same people are responsible for both crimes.

Anyone with information on who may be responsible is asked to call Clinton Township or Shelby Township Police.

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