By Gus Saltonstall
NYPD is asking for help in locating a man who attempted to remove a holy statue from a well-known cathedral in Morningside Heights, police said over the weekend.
A man walked into The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue near West 112th Street, at about 8:30 p.m. on December 3, and tried to remove a religious statue within the church, police said.
The would-be burglar did not finish the job, though, as he dropped the statue and fled the cathedral after he noticed security was in the building, police said.
The nearly taken statue is a crucifix, but there is a woman depicted on a cross instead of the body of Christ, church officials told 1010 WINS. The officials also told the station that the statue — named “Christa” — is valued at $100,000.
The statue is now back in the cathedral.
The suspect is described as 45 to 50 years old, around 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and 220 pounds, police said.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
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