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Faith Remains Strong For Queens Church Leaders After Burglary

on November 8, 2013

CBS New York

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Queens church leaders said their faith is not shaken after a man allegedly broke in, making off with items intended to be tokens of faith.

The suspect was caught on surveillance video walking into Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Astoria around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday.

The suspect allegedly stole an offering box from a wooden pillar and jewelry from a display case that also holds an image of St. Demetrios, CBS 2’s Weijia Jiang reported.

Father Anastasios Pourakis said parishioners donate the jewelry as tokens of faith.

“There’s not a price you can put on that,” Pourakis said.

Father Pourakis said cameras were installed in the church years ago after a different robbery.

Even though the suspect didn’t know he was being watched, apparently he knew exactly when to strike, Jiang reported.

“People are very observant, I don’t want to use…

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