Priest reports ‘bizarre’ assortment of non-valuable items stolen from Orthodox church in Dorr

| December 22, 2012

DORR, MI — The Rev. Gregory Hogg and congregation members at the Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church in Dorr are mystified over a recent church break-in.

The thief, who broke in by smashing a small hole though the glass of a back window, nabbed a random assortment of items including ceremonial lamps and bowls — none of it very valuable in a monetary way.

Nothing was overtly vandalized, either.

“I’d love to talk to this person to see what they were thinking,” said Hogg. “It’s not like you’re going to be able to fence this stuff for a lot of money.”

Hogg discovered the break-in Wednesday at the church, 1928 142nd Avenue, on the west side of Dorr. He suspects the thief broke in Monday night since Allegan County Sheriff’s investigators found footprints with snow.

It snowed in the area on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Missing inside were five bronze icon lamps, a private Communion kit, a baptismal kit, ceremonial bowls and cloth used in giving Communion. Some oil was spilled and a bottle of altar wine was opened, but not consumed.

The most valuable single item missing was a pre-sanctified pyx, which is a gold-plated box about 3 by 6 inches, which held sacramental elements use during Lent. Hogg estimated the box is worth about $700.

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