Unholy thieves stole a 5-by-3 foot crucifix from a Bronx church during services on December 3, the NY Post website reports today (December 6, 2014).
The $5,000 German-made wooden cross was lifted from the lobby of Padau Roman Catholic Church -- near a sign proclaiming, "Jesus wants all of us to come to him" -- between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., police sources said.
"I'm distressed. That crucifix means so much to the people here... I've never seen anything like this," said Josu Iriondo, 75, pastor of the church on East 166th Street near Prospect Avenue.
The shameless sinners likely planned the heist ahead of time -- unscrewing bolts that attached the crucifix to a wall before returning to snatch it while parishioners were deep in prayer, Iriondo said.