FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (KMOX) – Fairview Heights police are investigating a theft at a funeral Saturday.

A donation box was set up at the First Baptist Church during a funeral service for 28-year-old Krystie Flaherty of Swansea, who died Oct. 20.

The donations were to be used to establish a trust fund at the Bank of Belleville for Flaherty’s 3-year-old daughter, Lillian.

However, after the service the only thing left in the box was a single check. According to the family, all of the cash and other checks had been taken.

“Apparently, when the preacher was preaching the service, some individual helped himself to the contents,” Terri Halvachs, the 3-year-old’s grandmother, told the Belleville News-Democrat. “They took everything. There were a few torn-open envelopes left. Numerous people told us the box was nearly full.”

Fairview Heights police said they were surprised by the crime but believe a tip will likely lead them to the culprit.

Halvachs told the News-Democrat that some funeral attendees pointed out a possible suspect, someone with a history of crime involvement.

Those interested in donating to the trust fund of young Lillian can send contributions to the Bank of Belleville, 720 W. Main St., Belleville, Il. 62220.


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