Police: ‘Fake priest’ arrested in California, accused of stealing from churches nationwide

WJAC-TV [Jamestown PA]

April 13, 2024

Authorities in California arrested a man this week for allegedly posing as a fake priest and stealing from numerous churches across the US.

Riverside County deputies say Malin Rostas used the alias of “Father Martin” to get access to churches and allegedly rob them.

The 45-year-old New York native was apprehended during a traffic stop and was booked for an outstanding felony warrant in Pennsylvania.

Police say additional charges are expected to be filed soon.

Investigators say there may be more victims linked to Rostas.