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
, borough police said.
“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.”
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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