Tabernacle, worth $ 2 million, stolen during burglary at Park Slope church, Brooklyn Diocese says

NEW YORK – A burglary inside a Brooklyn Catholic church has left parishioners stunned.

CBS2’s Leah Mishkin has more on the $ 2 million heist.

It was a Sunday like any other. Music kicked off the mass as the faithful sang together. But if you take a closer look at the altar, you may notice that something is missing.

“We all thought that a sacred space would never be violated,” said Father Frank Tumino, pastor of the Catholic Church of Sant’Agostino.


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Tumino known as the tabernacle of Sant’Agostino in Park track what he stole. The sacred vessel that was used for the rites of Holy Communion was kept inside a steel case.

“When I walked into the church, all I heard was the metal cuts. Of course, they came with the tools to do that,” Tumino said.

The parish priest said he wasn’t sure when the theft took place, only that it happened between Thursday and Saturday. the NYPD said the rare tabernacle dating back to the 1800s is 18k gold with jewels and was worth around $ 2 million.

For the parishioners it was a piece of history and of inestimable value.

“This is such a shock. It is such a wicked act,” said Sharon Dawson.

One statue of an angel was destroyed and another was damaged. There are security cameras in the church, but Tumino said the DVR was also captured with video.

“It had to be someone who knew something inside,” said parishioner David Flowers.

“I know it’s easy for people to say, yes, it’s an inside job, but the reality is that these are also very public buildings. If the boy is here in the morning and people are praying, someone can hide. We don’t know. we were able to determine if someone hid and then went out or hid and then let someone in, “said Tumino.

How long the person or persons spent in the church is also unclear.

“It looks like they were really well prepared,” said Tumino. “It’s a lot of destruction, so I’m really thankful no one got hurt.”

Tumino said he is praying for the tabernacle to be returned.

“It is significant to us in that it is sacred. Therefore, a sacred thing should not be cut and sold. A sacred thing should not be melted down,” he said.

The NYPD is investigating and asking anyone with information to call their CrimeStoppers hotline at 1800-577-TIPS.

Anyone with any information, please call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)or for Spanish, 1-888-57-TRACK (74782). You can also tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.

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