A pastor at an Omaha church says while he was distracted by hearing a man's confession, another person stole about $4,000 from the church's morning collection.

The Reverend Jony Espinal says after finishing Mass on Sunday morning at St. Agnes Church, he was approached by a man seeking money to buy food. Espinal gave him $5, but the man followed him into the church and sought more.

Another man then entered the church, saying he needed to confess his sins.

When Espinal returned from the confession, he found about $4,000 donated that morning was missing.

A thief had managed to open a locked cabinet and take three bags of cash.

The money was supposed to go toward salaries for pastors and upkeep of the church.