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Three caught stealing from Church charity

Three Roma men appeared before a prosecutor in Piraeus yesterday, charged with breaking into the warehouse of a nongovernmental organization run by the Church of Greece and stealing 130 cardboard boxes containing clothing and footwear destined for poor families. The three men, all Albanian Gypsies aged between 23 and 32, were arrested on Saturday after police raided an abandoned factory in Nikaia, southern Athens, where the suspects had hidden the items they allegedly stole. The boxes were stolen from the warehouses of the NGO Allilegi (Solidarity) in the central Athens neighborhood of Votanikos. The clothing and footwear had been donated by churchgoers. It was not clear if the suspects had intended to sell the items they are alleged to have taken from the warehouse.