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Parishioner robbed at West Hartford church on Sunday

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St. Thomas Church in West Hartford (WFSB) St. Thomas Church in West Hartford (WFSB)

West Hartford police are investigating after a church parishioner was robbed on Sunday morning.

Police said the robbery happened at St. Thomas the Apostle church on Farmington Avenue at 11:15 a.m.

A parishioner was walking to the rectory from the church when he was approached by a man wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black sneakers and a "dickie” pulled up on his face, police said.

The suspect fled west on foot and took an undetermined amount of money from the victim.

Angela Balskus said St. Thomas Church is like a second home and she's been coming here for forty years.

“This is my church this is where I belong this is my Parrish,” Balskus said.

But, Balskus said she is shocked and scared about something that happened outside her beloved church yesterday morning. 

“I cannot believe it honestly, I cannot believe it.  It's terrible,” Balskus said.

The victim, who is a parishioner, was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Fr. Ed Moran, pastor of St. Thomas, issued a statement on Tuesday morning.

"This past Sunday, Nov. 29, one of our ushers was assaulted and robbed as he was transporting the offertory collection from the 10:30 a.m. mass from the church to the rectory," he said. "The usher sustained minor injuries, but is okay. The assault was immediately reported to the West Hartford Police Department, [which] is currently investigating the case. We have contacted a security expert to discuss ways to protect ourselves in the future so that something like this never happens again."

Parishioners told Eyewitness News at least two security guards will be hired in the near future. 

Anyone with information should contact West Hartford police at 860-523-5203.

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