Italian jailed for fleecing church’s charity box

An Italian man has received a jail sentence for "fishing" hundreds of euros from a village church's charity box, local media reported.

Italian jailed for fleecing church's charity box
The Italian man stole hundreds of euros from the charity box. Photo: Steven Depolo/Flickr

Marco Tabarelli was sentenced to five months and 10 days in prison for theft from the church in Loreo, in Italy’s Veneto region.

Tabarelli had been caught using a measuring stick wrapped in tape to fish money out of the charity box, Il Gazzettino Rovigo reported on Monday.

After money first went missing in November, plain-clothed police kept watch over the church and waited for the thief to reappear.

They noticed 40-year-old Tabarelli would walk around the church, kneeling, praying and lighting candles, before homing in on his target.

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