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Saddle Brook police: CLIFFVIEW PILOT story prompts confession in church theft

Photo Credit: Maywood PD
Photo Credit: Saddle Brook Police
Photo Credit: Maywood PD

EXCLUSIVE: A Carlstadt man accused of fishing cash from a Maywood church donation box with a wire clothes hanger admitted to doing the same at a house of worship in Saddle Brook after seeing a story and photo on CLIFFVIEW PILOT ,  borough police said.

St. Vincent DePaul charity box at St. Philip the Apostle Church (COURTESY: Saddle Brook PD)

“If it hadn’t been for CLIFFVIEW PILOT , he would’ve gotten away with it,” said Raymond Abel, a parishioner at St. Philip the Apostle Church in Saddle Brook who saw the Maywood story and alerted church officials.

As reported here, St. Philip officials didn’t think much of a wire hanger found sticking from a St. Vincent DePaul Society charity box last weekend, as they prepared for their parish’s 60th anniversary this Sunday.

After seeing the Monday story — which described the arrest of 36-year-old Rolando Giz for a similar crime at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Maywood — they planned to review surveillance video, Abel told the PILOT .

“We didn’t file a police report at first. We probably would have just totally ignored it,” he originally said Tuesday. “But after seeing your story, we’re investigating further.

“We gave our police chief a photo of the hanger,” said Abel, a retired 30-year veteran of the Port Authority at Newark Airport and a volunteer firefighter in town. “Now we want to look at the videotape.”

Rolando Giz (COURTESY: Maywood PD)

It wasn’t necessary, Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler said last night.

Giz “read your article knowing we were engaged in a follow-up investigation — and what could have been the eventual discovery of his involvement,” the chief told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “So he personally contacted Detective Capt. Vincent Laurentino and confessed to the St. Philip incident.”

All for $8 in singles, the chief said.

“As an active parishioner of the parish, I will pray for him and seek the forgiveness of our parishioners for his sins,” Kugler said, “with the caveat, of course, that he doesn’t do this again.”


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