Thieves Steal Church Cross

posted Dec 15, 2017, 6:52 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Noel Houston

    A church located in Norfolk, VA was looking for a stolen cross after it was taken from its park earlier during the week of May 25, 2017. Someone unbolted the cross from a Noah’s ark playground at St. Michael the Archangel’s park. Norfolk police said the incident happened around 1:45 P.M. on Tuesday, in Ocean View.

    Staff members also saw the two men, who were known to be the thieves, running away from the church with the cross. They left in a red Honda Odyssey van.

    According to 10 On Your Side, Father Dan Beeman, the church’s priest said the cross was originally part of the church convent, which was torn down.

    Beeman also noticed that a statue of Jesus was missing from another crucifix. Which costed about $2,000 and may have been around 100 years-old.
    “It’s very sad someone would be doing that especially something so sacred to our church. It’s heartbreaking to know that people are willing to take something like this,” said Liliana Macias. “For someone to do something where we depend a lot on the church and support and prayers from members, it means a lot,” she said.

    Macias, who is also a member of the military, was upset that the cross had been taken from the park, dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel.

    Police said that the statue of Jesus was found on Thursday. It had been sold to Gutterman Iron & Metal Corporation, located in Norfolk. The statue was reported to have a missing arm. When the business recognized the statue, they called and notified police.

    Investigators later returned the statue to the church. Father Dan Beeman asked for prayers for the


    “We hope that bringing them to justice and prosecuting them will allow them a chance to change their way of life and realize a new path,” Beeman said.

Uploaded on: 11/17/17
Edited by: DP