Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Albert lost an undisclosed amount of money on Monday after a thief smashed through the window of a parked vehicle and grabbed a bag full of donations.

According to RCMP, one suspect created a distraction while the other one grabbed the money in the church parking lot. RCMP say the thieves knew where to find what they were looking for.

“It was not in the car very long which makes us feel that perhaps this was a planned event,” said RCMP Cpl. Laurel Kading.

The parish and RCMP aren’t specifying how much money was taken but say the amount was substantial. The money was collected at four masses on Sunday.

Lorraine Turchansky, spokeswoman for the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, said the loss will have an impact.

“It's nothing minor in the life of a parish, for sure,” she said.

The church was being used as a polling station for Monday’s municipal election so there were more people there than usual.

Turchansky is asking anyone who saw anything unusual to contact police.

RCMP describe the male suspect who distracted police as possibly darker-skinned, around 30 years in age, wearing a quilted black vest and black pants.