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Police Recover Stolen Crucifix, Return It To Yonkers Church

Yonkers Police Detectives Stephen Sokolik and Stephen Kerner carry the crucifix as they return it to the church.
Yonkers Police Detectives Stephen Sokolik and Stephen Kerner carry the crucifix as they return it to the church. Photo Credit: Yonkers Police Department
The crucifix
The crucifix Photo Credit: Contributed

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Members of the Yonkers Police Department Detective Division returned a stolen crucifix to Monastery Church of the Sacred Heart on Wednesday. The crucifix was stolen in a burglary which occurred at the church in October of 2014.

After a lengthy investigation, information was developed and the crucifix was recovered by Yonkers Police detectives on Tuesday, June 21. No arrest has been made at this time in connection with the burglary.

Detectives and Police Commissioner Charles Gardner presented the crucifix to the Rev. Maurice Moreau, the pastor, on the steps of the church.

Numerous other items which had been taken from this church during the burglary had already been recovered during the initial stages of the investigation.

Gardner said that pressure from the investigating detectives may have forced the suspects to discard some of the smaller items, which included a chalice.

The large crucifix (approximately 46 inches by 24 inches and weighing 80 pounds) was the last of the stolen items to be returned to the church.

It had been hanging above the church altar at the time it was stolen.

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