A New York fraudster is trying to get a $100,000 statue from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

A hell-bent thief tried to walk out of Manhattan’s famed St. John the Divine Cathedral with a $100,000 religious statue, police said Sunday.

The criminal appeared at an important episcopal church on Amsterdam Ave. at W. 112th St. dressed all in black around 8:30 p.m. Dec. 3, according to cops. But he didn’t have much of a plan for how to pull off the wicked heist.

He began lifting one of the cathedral’s statues, worth at least $100,000, but fled empty-handed when he noticed security personnel, police said.

The church, which can hold 5,000 worshipers and is advertised as the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, is known for its year of the Animal Procession.

He began to lift one of the cathedral's statues, worth at least $100,000, but when he noticed security personnel, he dropped it and ran, police said.  (DCPI)
Police have released footage of the fraudster in action and asked for the public’s help in identifying and tracking him down.. (DCPI)

It was ravaged by fire in 2001 and damaged again in a fire in 2019. In December 2020, police shot and killed an apparently suicidal man double pistol brandishing shooter on the steps of the cathedral.

Police released surveillance footage of the criminal in action and asked for the public’s help in identifying and tracking him down. He is described as between 45 and 50, about 5-foot-10 and 220 pounds with a light complexion.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be confidential.

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