Bronze Jesus Statue Stolen from Catholic Parish

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Police in Arizona are on the hunt for two men suspected of stealing a statue of Jesus from a Phoenix church.

Parishioners at Saint Theresa Catholic Parish hope the thieves will have a change of heart and return the statue.

Father Chuck Kieffer told the Arizona Republic that the 4-foot tall, bronze figure is worth about $10,000.

However, what parishioners appreciate most about it is that it symbolizes Jesus welcoming everyone.

"You somehow think that a sacred object would be a little safer, especially one that's bolted down to a marble cube," Kieffer said.

So far, surveillance video has provided the main lead in the case. It shows a man loading the statue into the back of a pick-up truck. 

Kieffer said he hopes the thieves will use the experience to reconsider their relationship with God.

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