An Orland Park man Feb. 11 confessed to stealing $14 from one Orland Park church, in addition to at pilfering from other area churches, Orland Park Police said.
David Kost, 28, of the 15600 block of Park Station Boulevard was charged with theft from a place of worship and misdemeanor theft, after being filmed stealing from an Orland Park church's donation basket.
Surveillance cameras Feb. 11 captured a man later identified as Kost leaving St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 15050 Wolf Rd.
The camera was put in place after Cook County Sheriff's Police had alerted the Orland Park Police Department of thefts of cash from donation baskets from churches in the Orland Township area.
Police stopped Kost after seeing him leave the church around 6:30 p.m. Kost reportedly then confessed to stealing $14 from a donation basket at the church. During an interview, he later admitted to a number of thefts from churches in the local area, according to police.
Cook County Sheriffs police were notified and also charged Kost with theft from place of worship (Class 4 felony) that occurred at Our Lady of the Woods Catholic Church, 10731 W. 131st St. He was also charged with theft from place of worship for an incident at St. Francis of Assisi, and misdemeanor theft, for an incident at St. Michael Catholic Church in Orland Park.
Kost is being held until a Bridgeview Court bond hearing on Feb. 13.