Man Tries to Burglarize Church With Police Inside: Officials

A Philadelphia man was arrested Thursday night after police watched him attempt to burglarize the poor box at a church, according to officials.

After a string of burglaries at Our Lady of Calvary Church on Knights Road, police were sitting inside the locked church. Officers were inside when William Sides unlocked the door, entered, and started to pry open the poor box, according to police. Upon officers confronting him, Sides ran out of the church and was arrested on the church steps, fficials said.

Police say Sides stole from the church on two separate occasions. He is being charged with three counts of burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and related offenses.

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