PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Catholic priest facing theft charges waived his right to a preliminary hearing in court today.

Father Francis Drabiska is accused of stealing more than $143,000 in cash collections from the Word of God Parish in Swissvale.

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According to the criminal complaint, Father Drabiska signed a statement admitting he stole “between approximately $125,000 to $180,999 in loose cash” from the collection basket between 1999 through 2009.

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Drabiska turned himself into authorities last week.

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