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Church thief sent packing empty-handed by falling saint statue
A different statue of St Anthony. Photo: DPA

Church thief sent packing empty-handed by falling saint statue

Published: 21 Nov 2010 13:35 GMT+01:00
Updated: 21 Nov 2010 13:35 GMT+01:00

A thief who tried to break open the donation box in a church was hit on the head by a falling statue of a saint, police in Munich reported on Sunday.

The man suffered a nasty cut to the head and fled the St Benno Church without the donation box, said Ludwig Sperrer, the church’s priest.

He said it seemed that the near-life-size statue of Saint Antonius had fallen from its wooden plinth as the would-be thief was trying to break open the donation box which was situated in the same wooden structure.

“He obviously did not want to let it go,” said Sperrer with a grin.

But the thief was obviously not convinced to change his ways by the falling saint – he went to a nearby house to ask for help with his bleeding head and his lady accomplice stole a wallet left lying on a counter.

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14:01 November 21, 2010 by mixxim
A Miracle.
15:09 November 21, 2010 by dcgi
A was blind but now can see!!... *falls into hole* ahhhhhhhhhhrggg!
20:27 November 21, 2010 by belladons
Serves him right. Just another fool who needs to depart life on earth.
00:03 November 22, 2010 by DepotCat
I bet the thief now tries to sue the church.
02:28 November 22, 2010 by DavidtheNorseman
I feel sorry for the kind people who had their wallet lifted as a result of their kindness...

Instant justice is nice, though :-) If the would-be thief tries to sue I vote he gets three whackings with the idol of St. Antonius :-)
01:35 November 24, 2010 by Jamyx
Wait a second... Idol? I totally agree that this is awesome! However it was JUST a saint statue. the word Idol implies worship and there is only 1 God.

I have to admit though. Good work St. Antonius lol.
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