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Thieves Loot Church's Invaluable Records

Carrie Hodousek
March 15, 2019 - 10:41 am

SAN FRANCISCO — Burglars broke into St. Dominic's Catholic Church's parish office and made off with a safe containing important, historical records earlier this week.

The Rev. Isaiah Molano says those records contain the entire history of the parish dating back to the late 1800s. That includes parishioners who have been baptized, married and underwent other sacred events at the church on Bush Street in Lower Pacific Heights. 

"All the highlights of a person’s life, we document them here,” Molano said.

Early Wednesday morning, thieves climbed through a window and made their way to a safe about the size of a refrigerator.

Molano said he came in to find a hole where the safe once stood. Broken glass and scratch marks on the tile were left in its place. 

Molano says more than $9,000 in gift cards for the poor were also in the safe.

No one was hurt, but they do feel violated.

“It’s our history,” he said. “Our history, the story of our parish community has been taken from us and we need that part of our history back.”

So they parish is offering up a $10,000 reward for information that helps them get those records back.

“These records can be seen as useless, if not worthless, to other people, but they are invaluable to us,” Molano said.