Items stolen from church in Watertown
WATERTOWN, Mass. (WHDH) -- Police are on the hunt for items stolen from a Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown.
A thief broke in sometime overnight Thursday and took a gold chalice, communion plates, books and a cross. A small safe with money inside was also stolen.
Parishioners are shocked.
“People donated this stuff to the church and it’s been carried down in the family for years. And all of a sudden it’s all gone for a couple of bucks. I feel bad,” one man said.
“Twenty-four years doing this. I mean going onto an altar on Easter season, someone is pretty desperate,” an investigator said.
Lieutenant Michael Lawn pointed out the hole where the burglar pried off the gate and kicked in a window. The burglar then squeezed through the hole to the boiler room and then into the church where he took the items from their sacred perches.
“At the end of the day they just want to get in, so that’s the easiest way in. If they fit through the hole, they’re in and they don’t have to do anymore damage or create anymore noise,” said Lt. Lawn.
The thief also grabbed a safe from a cabinet in the church’s office. Father Demetrios Tonias said the thief probably won’t get much money for the church items. He said the real value of the items is their connection to the lives of parishioners.
“I mean, often times they’ll bring the children, grandchildren even to say, ‘This was donated in memory of your great grandmother or my mother,’ that’s the real serious loss,” Father Tonias said.
Father Tonias said he feels sad for the suspect, “because obviously they’re in a state where they felt the need to come into a house of worship and take these things and that’s not a good place to be.”
No arrests have been made.