Priest Chases Thief, Recovers Church Money

WASHINGTON (AP) - Call it Godspeed. A priest went sprinting through the streets of Washington, D.C. just before Sunday Mass, to recover collection money that a thief had swiped from the church safe.

Rev. Bill Hegedusich startled congregants at St. Peter's church on Capitol Hill as he bounded through the church door. He said the
bandit took two bags of money, totaling about $125, from an unlocked safe.

The 48-year-old priest, who runs marathons, says he chased the man for about two blocks and yelled at him to return the money. The
man threw one bag on the ground and kept running.

Hegedusich returned with about half the money and celebrated Mass a few minutes late.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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