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Burglar uses large crucifix to break into Catholic school in Bell Gardens

CBS News Los Angeles: The Rundown (Aug. 30 AM Edition)
CBS News Los Angeles: The Rundown (Aug. 30 AM Edition) 02:17

Help is needed to identify a man who broke into a Bell Gardens Catholic school with a crucifix and stole thousands of dollars meant for a school field trip.

The latest break-in at the school, 6824 Toler Ave., happened on Aug. 19, according to Bell Gardens police. Detectives say the thief used a large crucifix to pry open a window in the St. Gertrude's Catholic primary school.

(credit: Bell Gardens Police Department)

This is at least the third time the school has been burglarized, and police say all the break-ins may involve the same man.

The thief stole $4,800 during at least one of the burglaries, money that was going to be used for a school field trip, police said.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man, between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10, with a slim build and a mustache, and a heavily tattooed right arm.

Anyone with information about the burglar can call Bell Gardens police at (562) 806-7613.

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