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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : August 20 2008
INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, August 21, 2008 9 Thief terrifies women's prayer group FIONA BRADY Rosa Peronace at Holy Innocents' Church, Croydon, which has been robbed again. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP181033 AN Inner West church is stepping up its security after a brazen thief stole money from donation boxes in front of terrified female par- ishioners. The robbery happened a fort- night ago in Holy Innocents' Cath- olic Church at Croydon. It is the fourth time the parish has been robbed in the past six months. The Italian ladies prayer group were holding a meeting when the thief entered the church and sat at the back. The parish pastoral assistant Rosa Peronace said he was ''very bold''. ''He even waved to the ladies,'' she said. ''He walked out and came back in with something to force open the box. ''He made off with a money bag. ''The ladies were too scared to do anything and they were quite shaken up afterwards.'' Ms Peronace was unsure how much money was in the donation boxes, but she said local par- ishioners were very generous. Since the robbery, the parish has started an appeal to raise $6500 for the installation of security cameras in the church. A security system was recently installed at the presbytery after it was robbed three times within two months. ''It is like Fort Knox around here,'' Ms Peronace said. ''We've got grilles on windows and cameras to detect intruders. ''It's a sign of the times.'' To make a donation to the appeal, contact Rosa Peronace on 9747 4291. Larger donations may qualify for a tax deduction. NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Hunt for killer hits brick wall FIONA BRADY HE was a ''gentle'' person who worked as a carer and was to about to fly to Germany to nurse his elderly mother, but Bernd Lehmann met a brutal end. The 66-year-old Ashfield man (pictured) was found battered to death in the kitchen of his Alt St home on Valentine's Day this year. His body was found by a friend he had asked to look after the unit while he was away. On the six-month anniversary of Mr Lehmann's death, Ashfield police have launched a fresh ap- peal for information. Det-Sgt Rob Cipolla, who is leading the investigation, said de- spite interviewing ''70 to 80'' of Mr Lehmann's friends and acquaint- ances, his team had exhausted their lines of inquiry. ''We felt we should renew the appeal to stimulate people who might be able to offer some infor- mation or insight into the death,'' he said. Mr Lehmann, who worked in a care home in Ashfield, was last seen in his driveway at 11.15am on February 12. At 5pm that day he was due to fly to Germany to spend three months looking after his gravely-ill mother. Police believe he was murdered some time between 11.15am and 3pm. One major information gap is how the victim was going to travel to the airport. He'd told friends he'd arranged a lift but no one knows with whom. ''That's a major line of inquiry,'' Det-Sgt Cipolla said. ''It would appear that perhaps robbery could be a motive because his bedroom cupboards and wardrobes and suitcase were disturbed.'' The detective said it was highly likely Mr Lehmann's killer was known to him. ''There was no break in, and it is highly unlikely that the deceased would have let someone in unless he was known to him.'' Anyone with information should contact Ashfield police on 9797 4099 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Tel: 1800 077 177 Email: email@example.com • www.ngclubs.com.au 55004 4aV Vi iicttori iia R R Rd d( ((nextt tto R R Ryd d d deA Aquat t tti i i i i i ic c cC C C Cttr) ) )) Tel: 1800 077 177 Next Generation Ryde healthsportracquetindulgencefitnessrelaxationlifestyle Whether you should be re-inventing your fitness, your strength, your game or even your free time, do it all and re-invent yourself at Next Generation Ryde where a membership has something for everyone! We'll kick start the re-invention with a free personal training session or tennis lesson when you join in August 2008* *Valid for new memberships only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. A one off administration fee is payable at the time of joining. Re-invent Yourself! at Next Generation Ryde
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