Relic RipOff

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 9:22am

800-year-old golden statue taken from California church.

California police are searching for an 800-year-old relic stolen from a Long Beach catholic church on Monday.

The golden statue is put on display once per year.

It was given to St. Anthony's Catholic Church 110 years ago.

The Rev. Jose Magana said he decided to bring out the relic this year, on the 780th anniversary of the death of St. Anthony, because many of his parishioners have lost hope in the rough economy. Magana said the relic is invaluable and deeply symbolic to his parish.

"It's our history, so it's irreplaceable,'' Magana said. "It belongs to the church, not just the church here in Long Beach, but the entire Catholic church.''

Police are looking for a woman seen near the church around the time of the statue's disappearance.

She's described as in her 30s, roughly 5', 5", heavyset and and with dark, wavy hair.

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