Holy Family Church
1715 Izard Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Their mission is to take care of the poor, feeding the hungry and providing clothes to those in need. But over the weekend, a thief targeted Holy Family Church for the second time in a month.
Metal bars on wood frames, the doors inside Holy Name Church were pried open via a crowbar, the damage left behind was clear to see after a recent church burglary.
“People have been very kind after they heard about our first break in, they didn't get in it (meat locker) this time,” Patti Fidoni, Door Ministry Coordinator said.
In January, someone made off with several hundred pounds of meat, used to feed the poor. “They entered into this room here, the first time the AC was in, they pushed the AC out and entered in through there,” Fidoni said. Using the same window – again this past weekend someone stole from the church, bent on finding whatever kind of cash they could.
“It's not for me to judge,” Roger Flannery said. Flannery helped organize the first Omaha Family Lunch Program at the church 8 years ago. “I know I'm taken advantage of sometimes, but if i am going to error, I'm going to error on the side of God, and let God rule them out.”
The staff says the most frustrating part about these two break ins, if the thieves would have just knocked on the door, they would have been helped.
“We'd give them the shirt off our back if they would ask,” Fidoni said.
So despite the set back, there was enough supplies to make the lunches Monday morning, and a look out the door, there was a line formed by 10:30 in the morning.
It's a need 8th grader Blake Thompson wanted to help meet. “People need like food so bad, they need to steal and break in, so I feel that we need to, everyone needs to step up and help their community out,” Thompson said.
The true meaning of turning the other cheek.
Investigators had a good lead from the first break in after the thief cashed stolen checks in his name. Then this weekend's crime, a different suspect cut himself breaking in, leaving behind blood and finger prints.
If you know anything about these crimes, you are asked to call police at 402-444-7867.