Thieves steal $2 million relic from New York church, decapitate statue: cops

Thieves used power tools to break into a Brooklyn church, stole a $2 million jewel-encrusted relic and severed the head of an angel statue, police said Sunday.

The scoundrels entered St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church at 116 Sixth Avenue and used the tools to open an altar between Thursday and Saturday, cops said.

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

An angel statue also had its head brutally removed, photos show.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA ( 74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging on to the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

Angel statue.
An angel statue had its head removed.
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