AURORA, Ind. — Police are investigating after they said thousands of dollars worth of items were stolen from a church last week.
According to an Aurora police report, Jim Waldon — who plays the organ for St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Fourth St. — told officers he had noticed some highly valued objects — including two chalices, among other gold-plated items — were missing from the church sacristies on Dec. 18. Two of the items alone were estimated worth nearly $2,000.
Waldon told police the items went missing during a 24-hour devotional service being conducted in the church that day. Waldon told police the service meant someone would be in the church at all times, and he didn’t feel it necessary to lock the doors.
Waldon, who has attended St. Mary’s his entire life, also said the whole incident has him feeling disappointed.
“The disappointment that a human being or human beings would really intrude themselves on anybody’s space — but certainly on a space that we would consider to be God’s space,” he said. “We just hope that whoever did this, in his heart or her heart will see that what they’ve done is not right and that they will somehow or other get those things back.”
Police said they have no leads but are currently investigating. Police ask anyone with information as to the whereabouts of these items is asked to call the Aurora Police Department at 812-926-1101.