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Cross stolen from church

Thieves broke into a historical church to steal a cross that is reportedly more than 100 years old.

It is believed the thieves gained entry into the historical church by breaking one of the small window panes.

Reverend Clarke Anthony says the despicable crime was discovered about three weeks ago when they unlocked St Thomas Anglican Church in Morton Street, Stanford for the Sunday morning service.

“At first we thought the lady who cleans the church had put it somewhere else. We later discovered this was not the case,” said the reverend.

What is strange, says the priest, is the fact that nothing else was stolen.

“The brass collection plate and candlesticks were still there. This means the thieves were either disturbed or they came specifically for the cross,” he stated.

The reverend says this is the first time something like this has ever happened at the historical old church building which dates back to 1880.

“The copper cross is of extreme sentimental value as it was donated to the church. It is approximately 300-500 mm tall and is quite beautiful. We sincerely hope that somebody bought it and that it wasn’t melted and sold as scrap metal,” said the priest.

He added: “The sanctuary of God has been defiled. We are now busy raising funds in order to install an alarm system.”

Warrant officer Freddie Booysen, spokesperson for Stanford Police, confirmed that the police are investigating a charge of housebreaking and theft. Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of the cross can contact Reverend Anthony on 028 341 0947.

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