Woman charged for stealing donations from historic chapel

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Police are investigating thefts from an Elk County historic chapel’s donation box.

In two separate incidents, the donation box was vandalized and stolen from Decker’s Chapel, a historic site that’s been in St. Marys for over a century and a half.

Through surveillance footage, St. Marys Police say they identified 25-year-old Breanna Uhl of Force as one of the suspects.

Uhl faces multiple charges like institutional vandalism, theft, and intentional desecration of a public monument.

Police say charges are pending for a person in the second incident.

Those in the community say they don’t understand why someone would steal from this historic landmark.

“It’s sad, sad situation to steal from a church, that’s as low as you can go”

The chapel is run by the Elk County Historical society.

It was built in 1859 and is open 24-7. Donations go toward maintaining the site.

In a statement, Elk County Historical Society Board President Kurt Hughes said:

“Ideally, we’d love to have an army of volunteers who were willing to help tend to the chapel, but we’re not going to allow petty thieves to prevent us from keeping it open to the public every day.”

Hughes said, because of these incidents, they’d prefer anyone who wishes to donate send it as a check to their office at 109 Center Street, Ridgway, Pennsylvania 15853.

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