Photo: Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral complex
Thieves burst inside an office of the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral complex and made off with 100,000 pesos ($12,500), the Argentine press reported Saturday.
The incident occurred last Sunday, when three robbers waited until the end of afternoon Mass before making their way down a hall to the archbishop’s offices, Perfil newspaper reported.
Buenos Aires Archbishop Mario Aurelio Poli, successor to Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the current Pope Francis, lives and works inside the cathedral complex but Perfil did not indicate whether he was on the premises when the robbery occurred.
The thieves overpowered a security guard and threatened five religious workers before making off with the large cash haul, the paper said, citing police.
Investigators said the robbers knew that one of the priests had the 100,000-peso sum in his possession.
The thieves also had “ample knowledge” of the Archdiocesan Curia offices, an area equipped with security cameras and under police guard, Perfil reported, citing a source close to Archbishop Poli.