JACKSON, Mich. (AP) – A sacred and valuable object has been stolen from a Jackson church.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports Monday St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church’s monstrance — a vessel that holds the Eucharist and is valued at $10,000 — was taken when the building was broken into and ransacked. The robbery was reported last Thursday and the Rev. Chas Canoy told parishioners over the weekend.

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Canoy says thieves “took the one thing in the church I hoped they wouldn’t.” He adds it might date back to the early 1900s.

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The two-and-a-half-foot sterling silver, gold-plated monstrance was one of numerous items stolen. Authorities say it appears access was gained through an unsecured cellar door.

No arrests have been made.

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