Ukiah church robbed of ‘priceless relics’
Members of a local church were reeling Wednesday after someone broke into the building and stole many “priceless relics,” according to David Anderson, the pastor of St. Peter Eastern Catholic Church on Orr Street.
Anderson discovered the break-in about 5:30 a.m. June 24 as he prepared for that day’s services and called the Ukiah Police Department.
UPD Capt. Justin Wyatt said the thief, or thieves, entered the building through an open window and stole several items, many of which he described as invaluable.
Anderson described the items as including: The Tabernacle (Ark) containing the Blessed Sacrament (the body and blood of Christ), a large Gospel book, two chalice sets and other “priceless relics.”
Anderson also reported that many candles were lit during the break-in.
Wyatt said an attempt will likely be made to sell the items, and the UPD has notified local pawn shops in the area of the burglary.
He said there are currently no suspects, and anyone with information is asked to call the UPD at 463-6262.