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News Release

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Media Relations

Suspect(s) Vandalize and Steal from Church NR15242jk

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect(s) who burglarized and vandalized Saint Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church.

The burglary occurred between the hours of 9:45 p.m. and 5 a.m. on July 15th and 16th on the 2700 block of Pico Boulevard in the heart of the Byzantine-Latino Corridor. The suspect(s) entered the church and ransacked the location taking several prized religious articles. One of the items was the church's golden tabernacle, a liturgical furnishing used to house the Eucharist outside of Mass and considered one of the most sacred items in a church. A gold cross used for the Procession was also taken. The other items that were stolen are of religious significance as well and decorated with ornate religious figures making them easily identifiable.

The suspect(s) also knocked over the pulpit used for services, breaking it in half. In addition, multiple glass cases which hold prayer candles were broken.

Detectives are requesting for the public's assistance to apprehend the suspect(s) and recover these items that have been a staple of the church and sacred symbols to the parishioners who worship there.

(Photo of similar tabernacle)

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call LAPD's Olympic Area Burglary Detectives at (213) 382-9446. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.