CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Two armed bandits, one wielding a knife, the other a gun, stormed a Cheektowaga church during a funeral and demanded money from two employees.
The two men were wearing white HAZMAT-type suits and masks. They entered St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church through a rectory door and hit the buzzer.
"Secretary who came to the door asked, 'How can I help you?' The two males asked for food. When she opened the door, they pushed their way in," Cheektowaga Police Det. Lt. Tom Wentland said.
Buffalo Diocese spokesman Kevin Keenan said, "Put a gun to one's head. Put a knife to one's throat and threatened them if they didn't turn over the money."
The armed bandits got a few hundred dollars from the church safe and the women's purses. Police are checking to see if any of the several surveillance cameras nearby captured any of the incident.
Paul O'Farrell, a church user at St. Aloysius, is very upset over the incident because of all the good the church does, feeding the hungry.
"Christmas, I think we gave 86 families Christmas dinner and a 110 children presents. And now this. This is ridiculous," O'Farrell said.
David Wright, who lives next to the church, said, "This is where you come to pray, okay? Where you feel you're supposed to be safe. And if you don't feel safe in your own church, then hey? Where are you going to be safe?"
The holdup men were seen leaving in a newer model silver Cadillac. If you have information call Cheektowaga Police at 686-3505.
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