Unbelieveably, an eight-foot-tall solid bronze statue was stolen sometime between Sept. 23-24 from the Museum of Padre Pio, according to state police.The museum welcomes many of the Catholic faith who seek blessings from the Italian Capuchin friar, who died in 1968, St. Pio.
The "Our Lady of Peace" statue was lifted at some point between Sept. 23-24, police allege, with the help of an unknown type of vehicle which was used to haul away the stolen item.
State police report that the monument is valued at approximately $60,000.
According to police, it was unknown how many actors were involved in this incident.
Christina Rocus, secretary at the museum said everyone is completely heartbroken about the theft.
She added that while the statue was bolted down, the bolts were unscrewed overnight.
The statue is described as holding roses in her left hand in a bouquet and extending a rose from her right hand.
An eight-foot-tall solid bronze statue was stolen sometime between Sept. 23-24 from the Museum of Padre Pio.