connectVideoPolice are investigating the theft of a crucifix stolen from a Catholic church in Cathedral City, California
California police were searching for a man accused of burglarizing a roman Catholic Church in the near of Palm Springs on Monday, taking with him a $1,600 wooden cross.
The unknown man was captured on video approaching the St. Louis in the Catholic Church early Monday morning and then leave with a wooden cross of Jesus Christ under his arm, to the Cathedral of the City, the Police told KESQ.
The reverend Luis A. Guido told the station that the Cristo Negro, a replica of the Black Christ of Esquipulas” made in Guatemala, was never properly secured, because he never thought anyone would take it.
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“Never expected that someone would want to steal Christ so we just had a small slot, a baby lock. Probably just needed pliers or a screwdriver, and we found the lock on the ground, open the door and it is empty,” he said.
Guido said that he hoped that those who took the $ 1,600 crucifix would be back because it is a special symbol for the church in Central American parishioners.
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“It is sad that it happened and we understand that things happen unfortunately, and we pray for the man who has done and hopefully he has a conscious repentance.”
The police said that the church was destroyed. The investigation is ongoing.