(KMOV) -- Police are actively searching for the person responsible for stealing money, gift cards and checks from a Eureka church donation box.
Thieves reportedly broke into the Most Sacred Heart Catholic Church and got away with a wooden collection box. The box was filled with money and gift cards and was located near presents under a Christmas tree.
The break-in was noticed on Dec. 14 when the box was missing and some of the gifts had been opened.
The leaders of the church are unsure if the doors were locked when the box was stolen. Police say some times the large wooden doors of the church don’t actually close all the way.
Each year, this church does a collection for charity but this year there will not be anything to give.
Police are hoping the community will step in to solve this crime.
“Unfortunately, with no forced entry and no physical evidence, fingerprints, that sort of thing and no video of the inside of the church; that gives us an idea or description of the person, then we have to look at other options,” said Lt. David Wilson, Assistant Chief of Police for Eureka.
It is unknown which charity the money was meant for although the parish had been collecting donations for their “Spirit of Christmas” drive.