NYPD investigating church theft in Queens

March 4, 2011 3:24:52 AM PST
Police are searching for the suspects who stole thousands of dollars worth of religious items from a church in Queens.

Two chalices and other communion supplies were taken from St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church in Elmhurst.

The thieves took the items from a closet inside the church sometime Saturday night after the evening service.

Authorities say the stolen items are worth more than $5,000.

The door to the church was open at the time, and the items were stored in a closet in the back of the church.

Church leaders did not discover the theft until Sunday morning, before services began.

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