Organ Thieves Target Church

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Monday, March 4, 2013 - 1:34pm

Massive $200,000 pipe organ stolen from Pittsburgh sanctuary.

Pittsburgh police are investigating after an organ valued at $200,000 was stolen from a church.

According to police, St. Justin's Catholic Church on Mt. Washington recently merged with St. Mary of the Mount, and was closed when the organ was stolen.

Investigators said very few people have access to the church now that it's closed, and they're looking into how someone was able to make off with the organ.

"I can't believe someone came into church and took an organ. It's a big piece of equipment," St. Justin's business manager Skip Hary said.

Hary said the organ pipes that were also stolen could only be accessed by a ladder into the ceiling.

"They would have to know stuff up there because it's not visible from church. Was it an inside job? Possibly, or someone who had access and made a copy of a key," Hary said.

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