A 76-year-old nun foiled an attempted robbery at a charity in Buffalo, New York.
In the early hours of January 14, two thieves used a ladder to climb onto the roof of a charity in Buffalo. The thieves targeted the Response to Love Center, a faith-based charity that helps the impoverished in Buffalo. The thieves allegedly wanted to steal copper pipes.
Sister Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz, the director of the center, woke up early to pray. He heard the commotion outside the charity and went to investigate.
Sister Johnice told WKBW-TV, “So, I opened the door and I saw a ladder, here’s a ladder, and I got out, I looked up and I said, ‘Get out of here.’ How dare you make this God’s property: this is His mission!'”
The elder nun mustered all her strength to pull the ladder out of the building, leaving the crooks stranded on the roof.
He told the Buffalo News, “I pulled the ladder down, which was huge as could be, and lo and behold they ran away.”
The nun added: “When I took the ladder and knocked it over, I was shocked when I see it now.”
Sister Johnice said she wasn’t afraid “because her ‘adrenaline was going.'” The nun noted that she could “feel the hurt.”
The Response to Love Center shared photos of the suspects on its Facebook page and asked for the public’s help in identifying the possible thieves.
The Facebook post called the suspects “morons” because the thieves likely tried to steal copper downspouts from the Love Response Center. However, the center downspouts are aluminum and “only worth a few pennies”.
Mike Gilhooly, the assistant director of the Response to Love Center, described Sister Johnice as a “tough cookie.”
The fearless nun said of the suspects: “But it has to be someone who’s greedy, selfish, someone very broken, I’m sure desperation did it. You know they’re just gutters, they’re just pipes, but what if it’s a life. But God does not want this to be a battlefield for people, a fearful place.”
“They could have come here for food or clothes. They could have come for a kind word, some guidance, but they chose a different route,” he said. “This is not of God, this is evil. I just wish I could meet them.”
Sister Johnice said: “Every day I have been praying for these two thugs.”
The nun guards the ladder. She calls it “Jacob’s Ladder,” after the Bible story about Jacob dreaming of a ladder that stretched from heaven to earth.
Last week, “divine intervention” prevented a thief from stealing a Saint Michael the Archangel from a church.
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