An 18-karat gold tabernacle valued at $2 million was stolen from the St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn last week, officials said.
Some unidentified thieves have entered the St. Augustine Roman Catholic in Brooklyn to steal a tabernacle valued at $2 million. According to the NYPD, this theft happened last Thursday in the Park Slope area somewhere between 6:30 p.m. Thursday 4:00 p.m. Saturday.
Sources say the damage includes the decapitation of statues of angels flanking the altar.
As security authorities assessed the scene, they found out that the suspects used powerful tools to “forcefully cut open” the altar and access the 18-karat gold tabernacle.
The Church has a historical background with the tabernacle dating back to the 1890s. It is quite surprising how someone could develop such an evil thought to enter such a place of worship to steal without any fear of God.
It’s very obvious that the monetary value of the tabernacle ($2 million) has motivated whoever broke into the church. Church authorities say it’s irreplaceable.
The Diocese of Brooklyn has released a press statement about the stolen item saying it “is irreplaceable due to its historical and artistic value.”
“The Holy Eucharist housed inside the Tabernacle was thrown all over the altar.”
“This is devastating, as the Tabernacle is the central focus of our church outside of worship, holding the Body of Christ, the Eucharist, which is delivered to the sick and homebound,” Father Frank Tumino, pastor of St. Augustine, said in the statement from the diocese.
“To know that a burglar entered the most sacred space of our beautiful Church and took great pains to cut into a security system is a heinous act of disrespect,” Tumino said.
The NYPD is still doing investigations to bring anyone found guilty of the said crime to justice.
In view of that, the general public is requested to assist in apprehending the suspected criminals by providing any valuable information they have at their disposal.