Man Caught Red-handed after Stealing from Church

lpd suv tlsA man was arrested today after stealing cash from a local Church’s charity box, police say.

At around 11am this morning, Officer Jason Yahr responded to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church after a man reportedly stole the weekly donation money.

Upon arrival, an usher from the church reported that a man had come in seeking monetary assistance due to a recent fire at his home. The usher told him that the church would be happy to help him and asked if he could just wait until after the service concluded.

A few minutes later, a bag containing the collection money was missing, so they immediately contacted the police department. The man was located a short distance away as he tried to enter his vehicle. Approximately $1,500 belonging to the church was recovered.

Further investigation by Det. Craig Fink led to theft charges against 37 year old Lamberto Fattori of Lakewood. He is currently being held in Ocean County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail without a 10% option.


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  1. Curious to know if in fact his house actually did sustain a fire as he claims. If that was made up then this individual deserves to be punished severely.

  2. Some people just don’t get it. Although TLS is Jewish run, TLS is a Lakewood news site. It is not the Jewish news, hence the news reported is of all Lakewood.

  3. #1 what difference does it make? Fire or no fire, he apparently stole! It’s a shame if he used the sob story and the sympathy of the usher to get in and access the donation bag, but I really don’t see that there should be any difference in his punishment regardless if his story is true or not.

  4. What kind of insular bigotry is being expressed here by some. Regardless of what was stolen, or by who, it is a story relevant to Lakewood and is worthy of a report to the local citizens.

  5. Theft is bad, no matter who the victim is. There can be no community boundaries when it comes to condemning and fighting legitimate crimes, like theft and violence – we’re all in the same boat. A thief or fraudster that harms a stranger could just as easily come after you next.

  6. Maybe he needed the money and would not get it any other way. Not sure how and when the church doles out charity. I think they give it to Mexicans in town who already work and have cars and shop at Target and all. …..

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