Thieves rob a $2 million relic from a New York church and behead a statue: policemen

Thieves used power tools to break into a Brooklyn church, stole a $2 million jeweled relic – and cut off the head of a statue of an angel, cops said Sunday.

The thugs entered St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church at 116 Sixth Avenue and used the tools to cut open an altar sometime between Thursday and Saturday, police officers said.

Once inside, they took away “a jeweled tabernacle made of pure 18-karat gold,” believed to date to 1888 and worth about $2 million, police officers said. The item was used to perform the rites of the Sacrament of Communion, police said.

A statue of an angel was also decapitated without feeling, as photos show.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or in Spanish at 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by subscribing to the CrimeStoppers website at or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

Angel statue.
A statue of an angel was decapitated.
NYPD

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