A statue outside the Catholic Church in Queens was almost stolen

NEW YORK (1010 VICTORIES) — Police are looking for a man caught on surveillance video stealing a statue from the lawn of a Catholic church in Queens on Sunday.

The man is seen on video picking up a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary from outside St. Gerard Majella Church in Hollis, removing it from the cave, putting it on his shoulder and standing escape.

Moments later, the man is filmed throwing the statue into the rectory garden after being dissuaded by a neighbor and a motion detector.

No damage was done to the statue.

Statue rejected in the garden of the presbytery

Photo credit Brooklyn Diocese

“Sunday morning as we started to open the church to welcome people to pray in a special way for world peace and blessings during this time of Lent, a disturbed person tried to steal our welcoming statue of Mother Mary, said Father Josephjude C. Gannon, Pastor of St. Gerard Majella. This incident is sad and a bit scary, but it is a lesson for all of us that even in these dark and scary times, God protects us. The light of Easter will always shine on us and Mother Mary will always guide us as individuals and as a community.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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