Tabernacle, valued at $2 million, stolen throughout Park Slope church housebreaking, Diocese of Brooklyn says

NEW YORK — A housebreaking inside a Brooklyn Catholic church has left parishioners shocked.CBS2’s Leah Mishkin has extra on the $2 million heist.It was a Sunday like another. Music kicked off Mass as churchgoers sang alongside. However for those who seemed nearer on the altar, you could discover one thing lacking.”All of us simply thought {that a} sacred house would by no means be violated,” mentioned Father Frank Tumino, pastor of St. Augustine Catholic Church.

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Tumino mentioned the tabernacle at St. Augustine in Park Slope was stolen. The sacred vessel that was used to conduct the rites of Holy Communion was guarded inside a metal case.

“By the point I bought into church, all I smelled was the cuttings of the steel. Clearly, they got here with instruments to have the ability to do this,” Tumino mentioned.The pastor of the parish mentioned he is not certain when the housebreaking occurred, solely that it occurred someday between Thursday and Saturday. The NYPD mentioned the uncommon tabernacle courting to the 1800s is 18-karat gold with jewels and was value about $2 million.To parishioners, it was a chunk of historical past and invaluable.”That is such a shock. It is such an act of evil,” Sharon Dawson mentioned.

One statue of an angel was destroyed and one other was broken. There are safety cameras on the church, however Tumino mentioned the DVR with the video was additionally taken.”It needed to be somebody who knew one thing inside,” parishioner David Flowers mentioned.”I do know it is easy for folks to say, yeah, it is an inside job, however the actuality is these are additionally very public buildings. If the man is right here within the morning and individuals are praying, somebody can cover. We do not know. We have not been in a position to set up if somebody hid after which got here out or hid after which let somebody in,” Tumino mentioned.How lengthy the individual or folks spent contained in the church can be unclear.”It appears that they had been rather well ready,” Tumino mentioned. “It is quite a lot of destruction, so I am actually grateful nobody bought damage.”Tumino mentioned he’s praying the tabernacle is returned.”It is vital to us in that it is sacred. So, a sacred factor shouldn’t be minimize up and bought. A sacred factor shouldn’t be melted down,” he mentioned.

The NYPD is investigating and asking anybody with info to name their CrimeStoppers hotline at 1800-577-TIPS.Anybody with any info is requested to name the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You may also submit a tip through their web site or through DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are stored confidential.  

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