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updated 10/6/2011 10:07:12 AM ET 2011-10-06T14:07:12

A man stopped to pray while robbing a woman in a wheelchair and apologized to her before he left her home with her money, police in western Pennsylvania said.

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Thirty-two-year-old Christopher Perretti II, of New Castle, is in the Lawrence County Jail awaiting a hearing on charges including burglary and robbery.

Police were called to the home of the disabled New Castle resident, whose name was not made public, around 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 30. The resident who called them said she had opened the door after hearing a knock.

She said Peretti was outside and told her he needed money, so she gave him $5, reported The New Castle News.

"That's not enough. I know you have more," he then said, she told police. The woman said she began to pray as Perretti pushed past her to take $20 from her purse.

"I'm sorry, I've never done this before. I'm desperate," he allegedly told her.

Perretti apologized — though he didn't give the money back — and knelt down as she prayed before running away, leaving through the front door.

Police found him a short time later. He was arraigned and place in Lawrence County jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond, The New Castle News said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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