Switzerland: Pensioners loot church donations 'for thrills'

  • 30 May 2014
Katholische Pfarrei Hildisrieden - one of the churches robbed by the elderly couple
This small chapel was one of the churches targeted by the couple

An elderly Swiss couple in the canton of Lucerne have been stealing the money from church collection boxes apparently out of boredom, it is reported.

The married couple, aged 70 and 73, have allegedly stolen hundreds of Swiss francs from several churches since November 2013, prosecutors in Lucerne say. According to them, the husband kept watch outside, while his wife emptied the boxes.

The couple, who are reported to be relatively well-off, say one of their motives for the robberies was the adrenaline rush they got from "the pleasure of the forbidden", local media report. They have now been arrested and an investigation has been launched.

According to the World Bank, Switzerland is one of the top five richest countries in the world, with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita of almost $79,000 (£47,000).

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