Man tries to steal St. Michael the Archangel statue from church, gets slashed by its sword

The statue of St. Michael the Archangel
The statue of St. Michael the Archangel Photo credit ddp images/Sipa USA

You could call this a case of instant karma.

A man described as a "drunken thief" is recovering after getting injured in a botched heist in Monterrey, Mexico.

Carlos Alonso allegedly went to the Christ the King Parish to rob the church in the early hours of January 14, according to a report by ACI Prensa.

The 32-year-old jumped over a locked fence in front of the church entrance and broke a glass door to get inside. There, he set his sights on a statue of St. Michael the Archangel.

While trying to flee with the statue, he apparently tripped and fell on the angel's sword, seriously injuring his neck.

A witness saw the wounded man at the church doors and called for help. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Once Alonso recovers, he's expected to face criminal charges.

The statue was not damaged.

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