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EPD Investigating Possible Church Theft

Evansville Police are investigating a possible case of theft from Saint Benedict's Catholic Church that could date back over a year. Police say several "Scrip" cards have been reported missing and could total up to $100,000.

Evansville Police are investigating a possible case of theft from Saint Benedict's Catholic Church that could date back over a year. Police say several "Scrip" cards have been reported missing and could total up to $100,000.

These scrip cards are essentially pre-paid gift cards that many parishes sell as a fundraising venture. For every card that is sold, the parish receives a certain percentage of that transaction.

Police say they were notified by officials at Saint Benedict's. Church officials say they became away of the situation when an audit found some discrepancies dating back to October, November and December 2012.

The grand total could be around $100,000, according to police.

Police also say it's entirely possible that the cards have been misplaced or the discrepancies could be the subject of an accounting error. Either way, Captain Andy Chandler says the loss is great.

"A lot of times, it's the churches that are helping those in the community, especially in their particular parishes when the need arises," Capt. Chandler said. "Any amount of money that is misplaced or lost or stolen, it prevents their mission and ministry from moving forward."

Police say three people in the church office had direct access to the Scrip cards. They are not considered suspects at this time but will be interviewed by police.

Officials from the Evansville Catholic Diocese could not comment on the situation because it's an ongoing investigation.


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