The Norwalk Police Department received the report of a burglary at 7:07 a.m. at the rectory for St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church.
“That’s the living residence of the pastor,” Detective Sgt. Seth Fry said.
A St. Mary employee reported for work and realized the West League Street residence “had been entered and someone had strewn some things around” and some items had been stolen, Fry said. The employee backed out of the home, secured it and called police.
Fry was asked if the pastor was home during the suspected burglary.
“He was sleeping at the time of this,” said the investigator, who noted the pastor wasn’t aware of the crime. “No one was injured.”
Officer Jared Ferris was the first person to respond. He requested Fry, who called the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) to help process the scene.
“Evidence was collected. The investigation is ongoing,” Fry said.
A BCI agent, who arrived at the scene after 11 a.m., started loading his camera and other equipment into the truck about 1:10 p.m. The truck was parked behind the garage of the rectory.
A St. Mary employee declined to comment at the scene and referred further questions to Fry. The detective said there are suspects in the ongoing investigation and declined to say what items were stolen.
The morning Mass was canceled Friday because investigators were at the scene. A St. Mary employee, when reached by phone, said nobody was authorized to speak to the media about the burglary and all questions should go to the Toledo diocese.
“They are aware of the situation,” the man said.