Toronto police is looking for a 5-foot-10 man who took someone briefcase during Mass at St. Michael's Cathedral Dec. 11. Photo released by the Toronto Police Service

Man steals briefcase during Mass at St. Michael's Cathedral

  • December 16, 2016

Most of us go to church to pray. But beware, some prey.

Toronto’s cops are after a man who walked into the noon Mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral Sunday, Dec. 11 and walked out with a somebody else’s briefcase. The police are treating it as a “theft under $5,000” investigation.

The young, 5-foot-10 (178 centimetres) man with a buzz cut, wearing a red parka, khaki pants and sneakers was photographed in the pew and then leaving the church with the briefcase during Communion.

The briefcase belonged to a 79-year-old man and contained cash and personal belongings.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 416-808-5100. If you wish to remain anonymous, call 416-222-TIPS (8477) or go online to

You can text information to CRIMES (274637) or even download the free Crime Stoppers app from iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Brief case thief web(Photo released by the Toronto Police Service)

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