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Surveillance Cameras Capture Church Break In
MISSION HILL, Mass. -- Surveillance cameras caught a burglar breaking into a chapel office, and it isn't the first time someone's committed the act.
A man dressed in black, wearing a baseball cap, broke into one of Boston’s best known churches just before 5:30 Monday morning, rummaging around, and then taking off with a gold object in his hand.
"It's just disturbing and unsettling more than anything else," said Father Raymond Collins.
And for Father Collins and others at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, it's getting old.
Signs on the windows advertise that the church is under surveillance, but cameras captured what appears to be the same guy last week as well. That's when he broke in through a kitchen window, rifled through drawers and cabinets, but then took nothing.
"It seems that he's just doing it for the sake of doing it. I wish he would see someone about his problem - whatever it is, whatever difficulty or emotional strain he's feeling that he get the help that he needs," said Father Collins.
Eight days before that break in, someone broke out a stained glass window, which is estimated to be 100-years-old, so that they could slide open the dead bolt and steal from the collection boxes.
The Mission Church, as it's known, has played host to American history. Presidents filled the pews for the funeral of Senator Ted Kennedy - a distinction that clearly hasn't stopped this repeat visitor.
Boston police are now visiting local churches to offer security advice.