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Brooklyn Catholic Diocese is offering a $50,000 reward in the event of a stolen tabernacle

The Catholic Archdiocese of Brooklyn has offered a $50,000 reward in the case of the jeweled tabernacle that was shamelessly stolen from a Park Slope church over Memorial Day weekend.

Bishop Robert Brennan announced Tuesday the hefty reward for information leading to the return of the sacred object stolen May 28 from St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church.

“We continue to pray that the unique tabernacle made possible by the original parishioners of St. Augustine will be returned and then restored to its full glory in the heart of this church,” he said. “However, the theft of this historical object has not robbed the faith of the people of this community.”

The godless thieves stole the 18-karat gold tabernacle – believed to be worth $2 million – and also beheaded statues of angels flanking it, police and church officials said at the time.

The damage from the robbery represented a “very, very violent” removal of the relic, said Rev. Frank Tumino, the church’s pastor.

The Roman Catholic Church of St. Augustine
A jeweled tabernacle in the Roman Catholic Church of St. Augustine at 116 6 Avenue was taken.
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The Roman Catholic Church of St. Augustine
The 18k gold tabernacle is said to be worth $2 million.
Archdiocese of Brooklyn
The Roman Catholic Church of St. Augustine
The stolen sacred object came from St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church in May.
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The Roman Catholic Church of St. Augustine
The Catholic Archdiocese of Brooklyn has offered a $50,000 reward for the stolen item.
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Tumino said the thief cut through a protective metal sheath and made off with the tabernacle, which has been part of the church since it was built in the late 1800s.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips to the website: CrimeStoppers.nypdonline.org.

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JACLYN DIAZ

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