LINCOLN PARK — A 27-year-old man was charged Thursday with breaking into a Lincoln Park church last month and stealing thousand of dollars from its Christmas mass donations, police said.
Hannibal Kerry was charged Thursday with two felony counts of burglary of a place of worship and a misdemeanor count of trespassing, police said. He was also cited for having burglary tools.
Police say Kerry used a crowbar to pry a window open and sneak into Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1010 W. Webster Ave., overnight between Dec. 26-27.
Kerry then burglarized the church’s offices and safe, police said. Robert Beatty, a spokesperson for the church, previously said thousands of dollars in the church’s collections from Christmas Day and Sunday masses were stolen.
“While some of the damages are expected to be recovered, the parish will sustain a significant portion yet to be determined,” Beatty previously said.
Saint Vincent de Paul set up a GoFundMe page aiming to recover the stolen money, which goes toward parish outreach programs, religious education programs for children, operations and other ministries. It’s raised more than $18,000 as of Thursday
“Despite the unfortunate news, we are thankful to everyone who contributed to making our Christmas celebrations so beautiful and meaningful,” Beatty said.
Kerry was scheduled to appear in Cook County Bond Court on Thursday.
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