Man Accused of Stealing Money from Collection Box at Naugatuck Church

Police have arrested a man who is accused of stealing money from a collection box at a church in Naugatuck last month.

Officers were called to St. Francis of Assisi Church on Church Street shortly before 9 a.m. on September 23 after getting a report of money stolen from a collection box.

According to police, a witness said that a man, later identified as 56-year-old David Christian Lavigne, was prying open the collection box and was taking money from it.

Officers found Lavigne at the scene and he was positively identified by the witness as the person who was seen stealing money from the collection box, authorities said. He is accused of taking less than $500.

Investigators said they later determined that Lavigne has taken an unknown amount of money from the collection box on multiple other occasions.

Lavigne was arrested and released on a $500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

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