Worcester thieves ‘violate’ Vernon Hill church

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Thieves broke into Our Lady of Czestochowa Church on Vernon Hill over the weekend, ransacking portions of the building and stealing thousands of dollars in electronic equipment and other items.

Police are investigating the theft, which parish officials said occurred early Saturday morning. Parishioners were alerted to the incident by the Rev. Ryszard Polek, church pastor, at weekend Masses.

Rev. Polek discovered the break when he opened up the church for the 6:30 a.m. Mass on Saturday, July 2. Church officials believe the break took place between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Saturday.

“I am so heartbroken,” said Rev. Polek, who marked his second year as church pastor on the day of the break. “It was a really sad day.”

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