The Austrian Times website reports today (February 8, 2011) that a quick-thinking priest locked in three teenagers as they tried to steal money from the church's cash boxes.
Fr. Peter Allmaier was working in his office in the cathedral of Klagenfurt, Carinthia in Austria last Sunday evening when he heard noises coming from the entrance area.
"The boys first claimed they wanted to light a candle for their deceased uncle before confessing their plan to nick coins from the offertory boxes," Fr. Allmaier said today.
Police questioned the would-be thieves who were equipped with a screwdriver, a cooking spoon, and a garlic crusher. The trio face charges for attempted theft.