A monstrance was stolen from a Catholic Church in the Bronx, New York last Friday before the parish’s morning Eucharistic adoration.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) told CNA the theft occurred around 7 a.m. at St. Barnabas’ Catholic Church. The monstrance stolen from the parish is worth $10,000. The parish told CNA the Eucharist was not in the monstrance at the time of the theft.
The parish told CNA that Eucharistic adoration had been planned for 9:30 a.m. that morning.
Police have not yet identified the suspect, but are seeking public assistance in doing so.
It was reported to police that the perpetrator entered the church on June 25 and remained inside for an hour. The individual then entered the lower level of the church and stole the monstrance.
“It’s disappointing,” parishioner Tom O’Sullivan told CBS2. O’Sullivan called for prayers for the perpetrator.
“What can you say?,” he said, “People get caught up with different things in life.”
“It was upsetting,” Deidre Brady, another parishioner said.
The NYPD asked anyone with information on the incident to call its Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips, the department said.
The attack on the Bronx parish follows a string of church vandalisms this year, including several in the New York City area.