Nuns, Neighbors Steamed Over Convent Break-Ins

The St. Gabriel Convent in Grays Ferry was burglarized twice in 2 days

By Kelly Bayliss and Lauren DiSanto
|  Friday, Oct 19, 2012  |  Updated 1:26 PM EDT
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Saint Gabriel's Parish was targeted by a thief twice in two days. Police say the robber got into the convent through one of the windows. Neighbors are trying to help the police track down clues. NBC10's Doug Shimell reports.

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Saint Gabriel's Parish was targeted by a thief twice in two days. Police say the robber got into the convent through one of the windows. Neighbors are trying to help the police track down clues. NBC10's Doug Shimell reports.

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Police are investigating a robbery at St. Gabriel's Parish in Grays Ferry. And the worst part is, someone tried to break in again the very night next.
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Police are looking for the burglar who stole $700 from St. Gabriel Convent in the Grays Ferry section of the city early Thursday.

Investigators say there have been two burglaries in two days and the culprit got in through one of the convent windows.

“We are scouring the neighborhood for more video that captures the perpetrator walking in the area or coming out of the convent,” said Capt. Larry Nodiff, Philadelphia Police.

Sister Marian Gregory says on Tuesday night someone broke into the convent and took $150 cash from her purse and a desk drawer on the main floor.

The money, according to Sister Marian, was to be used for house shopping and CCD (Catholic Christian Doctrine - a religious teaching program) funds.

The incidents have the 11 nuns at St. Gabriel's as well as neighbors of the convent on edge and angry.

"They give their whole life for the work of God and this is what happens to them?  Well, I want to tell you something. You’re not gonna’ get away with it. We’re gonna find out who you are,” said Margaret Ebbinger, neighbor.

On Thursday, a stranger came by and handed investigators working on the crimes an envelope containing $300.

"I didn't see the gentleman, but he left an envelope with $300 in it and I thought that was wonderful," said Sister Marian.

On Friday, police released surveillance video of the two break-ins.



Credit: Philadelphia Police

Anyone with information on these crimes is urged to call Philadelphia Police.

 


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