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Missing medieval church tower cross goes unnoticed for days

The Local · 3 Nov 2009, 16:52

Published: 03 Nov 2009 16:52 GMT+01:00

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The gold-gilded cross and weather vane disappeared between October 5 and 14 at the St. Jacobi church in the city centre, police said. But neither the church management nor the company currently employed to restore the building’s exterior know exactly when someone scaled the 72-metre tower to swipe its crowning glory.

The crest weighed 30 kilos and is estimated to be worth some €10,000.

Police believe the thieves reached the crest by climbing up scaffolding that currently surrounds the church for renovations.

The repairs, meant to fix weather damage, are probably the reason no one noticed the missing spire decorations. Both the construction workers and church authorities apparently assumed the golden cross had been removed and stored during the repairs.

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An October 5 photo of the tower – one of the Göttingen skyline’s most prominent features - showed the crest still intact, but another photo taken on October 14 showed the tower had vanished, police said.

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Your comments about this article

21:59 November 3, 2009 by piper1
Now we have to do "the locals" work for them !

Here is the crest in Question

22:20 November 3, 2009 by Heinrich der Zweite
Non believers don't look upwards.
23:33 November 3, 2009 by finanzdoktor
What, no security at night, or when no one is present? As a character on Laugh-In used to say, "Very interesting, but stupid."
05:57 November 4, 2009 by kiwikraut
Nothing is sacred anymore !
17:27 November 4, 2009 by britmonk
Tbh, it wasn't REALLY a "medieval church tower" that was stolen, was it? They didn't exactly take it brick by brick and rebuild it somewhere else, right... I thought this story was going to be IMPRESSIVE...
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