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PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn (WABC) -- A thief was captured on surveillance video robbing a church in Brooklyn by cutting open a collection box and stealing the donations inside.

A Franciscan Nun, who was sanitizing the church pews as a precaution due to the coronavirus pandemic, discovered the crime around 4 p.

m. Friday insideSt. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church in Park Slope.

Surveillance video shows the suspect cutting open a wooden collection box and removing an unknown amount of money.

The church said Camera footage shows that he was in the church for some time, appearing to be praying.

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Anthony Johnson reports a suspect has been arrested after multiple houses of worship were vandalized in New Jersey.

He waited until he was alone to commit the robbery.

"I am saddened by what happened inside our beautiful church yesterday, but I am grateful to God that no one was injured. I understand in these unprecedented times, many people have lost their jobs and need assistance, but this not how you turn to the church for help. My message to those in need is to ring our doorbell, don't vandalize and steal, and let us help you," said Father Willy Kingsley Ndi, Administrator of St. Thomas Aquinas Church.

The NYPD is investigating.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the NYPD's 78th Precinct at (718) 636-6411 or NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-8477.

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Amazon cuts ties with seven delivery service partners forcing companies to lay off 1,200 delivery drivers and close several facilities across the country

More than 1,200 Amazon delivery drivers have been laid off and some facilities have been forced to close, after the company cut ties with several of its smaller delivery service partners. 

At least seven delivery firms have reported hundreds of job cuts over the last month after Amazon ended their contracts with its Delivery Service Partner program (DSP), CNBC reported on Thursday. 

According to Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications (WARN) filed across New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, the companies announced 1,205 drivers will be let go, while some centers will be shutting down completely. 

Amazon cut ties with several of its delivery service partners, resulting in 1,200 layoffs for drivers across the country 

At least seven delivery firms have announced job cuts or site closures after Amazon ended their contracts with the company's Delivery Service Partner program 

Delivery service company Prime EFS announced 388 of its employees will be laid off in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and Courier Distribution Systems said 273 drivers in its Pennsylvania and Wisconsin locations will be let go. 

Systemize Logistics, based in Massachusetts, announced it was closing its facilities in New York and Connecticut, which will result in 121 job.

Amazon launched the delivery service program in 2018 which allows smaller companies or budding entrepreneurs to team up with the e-commerce giant to deliver orders to customers' doorsteps.   

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In a blog post published earlier this month, Amazon celebrated the success of the program, revealing it now has 1,300 DSPs operating in five countries and has created more than 85,000 jobs.  

While details on why the company severed ties with the contractors were not released, Amazon told CNBC it regularly evaluates its carrier partnerships.

'We have ended relationships with some partners and Amazon is working closely with all impacted drivers to ensure they find opportunities to deliver Amazon packages with other local Delivery Service Partners with little to no disruption to pay,' a spokesperson said in a statement. 

Amazon has benefited from the coronavirus pandemic, which forced many consumers unable to visit physical stores to shop online more. 

Despite its success, the company has come under fire during the coronavirus pandemic after it was accused of putting employees' health at risk by keeping nearly all its warehouses operational.

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