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Elderly Pair Arrested for Stealing More Than 3,000 Religious Icons from Churches

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2016 Mar 09
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Two people have been arrested in France for stealing more than 3,000 religious icons from churches.


Christian Today reports that one of the thieves is an 80-year-old man and the other is a 60-year-old woman.


Police found over 3,000 stolen items in their homes, ranging from cheap candles to crucifixes to valuable ancient Russian icons.


The thieves were caught when a parish priest, Father Ludovic Serre, noticed a pattern to their raids and alerted police.


"As soon as I put a cross out on the altar of confession, it would disappear,” said Serre, adding that the thieves had also taken the crib from the nativity display.


The Thieves seemed to pilfer the church “every four or five weeks, on Sundays between 4-4:30,” Serre said. "I told the police that, according to my calculations, they should return on February 21. And they did! Although half an hour early.”


When police apprehended the thieves and searched their homes they found that “the toilets were absolutely full of crucifixes, there wasn’t so much as a square centimetre of space,” according to Serre.


Serre’s church is now under video surveillance to prevent further thefts. 



Publication date: March 9, 2016