November 6, 2008

Foursome Charged With Church Burglaries

Four New Jersey residents were charged Thursday with stealing money and musical instruments from churches, including the one three of them attended.

A Morris County grand jury handed up an indictment naming Kathleen Cahill, 21, her brother, Sean, 20, and Andrew Mascari, 19, all of Kinnelon, and Peter Picariello, 48, of Pompton Plains, The Star-Ledger of Newark reported. The charges in the 23-count indictment include burglary, theft and conspiracy.

Investigators said that the four hit at least seven churches in Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties. Our Lady of the Magnificat in Kinnelon reported being robbed eight times.

The four allegedly burglarized churches when they spotted an open door. They allegedly sold guitars, amplifiers and other musical equipment to a pawn shop and used the money for drugs.

Kathleen Cahill's specialty was robbing collection boxes because of her small hands, police said.