Is nothing sacred anymore? Solid gold jeweled Tabernacle worth $2 MILLION is stolen from NYC Catholic church by warped vandals who also decapitated marble statue of angel
Thieves stole a jewel-encrusted solid gold tabernacle worth $2 million from a Brooklyn church – and also beheaded one of its marble angel statues.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) said an unknown number of thieves stole a tabernacle between Thursday night and Saturday from St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church on 6 Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.
The brazen thieves reported cut a giant hold into the tabernacle with unknown equipment and extracted an 18-karat gold tabernacle with jewels from its casing.
The tabernacle – a large structure that holds the Eucharist in the form of a blessed host – sat under a domed archway inside the church. The giant structure was hidden by what appears to be a revolving gold door, which now has a large rectangular cutout where the thieves drilled into to access it.
The gold and jeweled tabernacle (pictured) was stolen from a Brooklyn church between Thursday night and Saturday. It is unclear how many thieves there were and how they transported the gigantic structure out of the church
The brazen thieves cut a rectangular hole into the tabernacle’s cover to access the $2million structure
The hole was not cut all the way to the bottom and it is unclear how the thieves managed to lift the structure out of it’s cubbyhole and out of the church.
The tabernacle – which is typically the height of a person – resembled a glamorous building, with gold hardware and figures at the top. The ‘roof’ of the tabernacle features a cross at the top and several decorations.
The NYPD also reported an angel statue was decapitated during the burglary and it is unclear where the head is now.
The thieves also decapitated an angel statue and it is unclear what they did with the head
The brazen display is just another incident of crime New Yorkers are facing on a daily basis as the Big Apple continues to rot since the start of the pandemic.
Burglary is up 32 percent in the City That Never Sleep with almost 6,000 incidents happening since January 1.
Almost all crime is up in New York City with robbery, assaults, and transit crimes up significantly. Robbery is up 40 percent, assaults are up 19 percent, and transit crimes spiked 57 percent this year.
Overall crime is also up 39 percent, which is slowly starting to go down in recent weeks.
Mayor Eric Adams has vowed to lower crime rates since taking office in January, but crime has only continued to surge since, despite telling New Yorkers he would remove the homeless and mentally ill from the subway system and deploy more officers.
The mayor is now being slammed for potentially considering a presidential run – if Joe Biden doesn’t run for reelection. Critics aren’t happy that the Democrat is not focusing on fixing local matters before raising his ambitions towards the White House.
The crime took place at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church (pictured) in Brooklyn
Crime is up significantly in New York City, with overall crime up 39 percent in 2022