Confessional door stolen from St. Louis Catholic church

11 months 1 week 6 days ago December 23, 2015 Dec 23, 2015 Wednesday, December 23 2015 Wednesday, December 23, 2015 4:10:21 AM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A century-old confessional door has been stolen from a historic south St. Louis Catholic church.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police are investigating the theft of the door, which was stolen on Sunday or Monday from St. Francis de Sales Oratory.

The Rev. Canon Andrew Todd, a vicar at the church, says he believes the theft was pre-meditated. Removing the door from its hinges requires tools, and it takes some strength to carry it.

The door is tall, ornately hand-carved and more than 100 years old. Todd estimates that it's worth thousands of dollars.

The door's home is considered the only St. Louis-area church based on German Gothic architecture. The door has resided in the church since the structure's completion in 1908.

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