John Louids was apprehended yesterday by the Old Goa Police after 'Basilica of Bom Jesus Church' authorities found him stealing the cash from a donation box, a police official said.
The Basilica is a home for relics of St Francis Xavier, whose body is kept for exposition once in ten years.
Fr Savio Barretto, the parish priest at the church, lodged a complaint yesterday.
As per the complaint, the accused was caught on CCTV while stealing the cash and after that the church authorities informed the police.
A case under relevant sections of IPC has been registered in this regard and investigations are underway, the officer added.
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