A thief was reportedly caught in the act of stealing an unknown amount of candlebox collections at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church at 1986 Post Road on Friday afternoon, Darien Police Sgt. Jeremiah Marron said.

A church worker told police that at about 3:20 p.m. on Friday, June 12, he accosted a man he witnessed removing money from the votive candle collection box, according to Marron.

When confronted by the worker, the man hid an object in the front of his shorts, which the worker said appeared to be a tool he had inserted into the front part of the locked box to pull money out of them, Marron said.

After denying any theft to the worker, the man bolted out the church door and up Noroton Avenue with the worker pursuing him on foot. The worker lost sight of him after the man ran through the parking lot behind the Puritan Stationery store.

The man is described as a white male with a Russian or Polish accent, about 6 feet tall with blond hair, blue eyes, and clean shaven, Marron said.

Power tools stolen

Police are investigating the theft of $4,000 in power tools from the former site of Friendly’s Restaurant, which is being remodeled at 275 Post Road, according to Darien Police Sgt. Jeremiah Marron.

Information on what specific tools were stolen was not available, but Marron said workers reported locking the power tools in a trailer at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 11.

After returning at 8:15 a.m. Friday, June 12, workers found the locks removed and the equipment missing, Marron said.

Suspended license

Abraham Beltran-Trejo, 28, of 35 Webster Road, Stamford was arrested Wednesday, June 10, and charged with failure to appear second degree in connection with a January arrest for operating with a suspended license.

He was released on $750 bond, and was to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on Friday, June 19, according to Darien Police Sgt. Jeremiah Marron.