A suspect has been arrested in connection to a break in and burglary at Cure’ d’Ars Catholic Church, a predominantly Black church in Denver’s northeast Park Hill neighborhood.
Deshun Glenn, 37, was arrested on Saturday when he attempted to sell some stolen “articles,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
The burglary happened in the early morning hours of Aug. 31, police said.
The church tabernacle, which holds unused sacred bread, was stolen. Thieves also stole sacred vessels, communion wafers that had been blessed, a laptop, a sound board, security cameras and copper piping.
The tabernacle, a ciborium, a communion bowl, and a container used to hold the priest’s hosts have been recovered, according to the church.
The copper piping that was stolen was a water line, the church basement was flooded with water and damaged. Two chalices, some communion cups, bells and a holy water bucket have been recovered in metal shops, according to the Archdiocese of Denver.
The church had to replace drywall and get running water back after the burglary, church leaders told their members on Facebook, because the piping leading to the air conditioning units, hot water heater, sprinkler system and the furnace were all stolen.
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