Around six o’clock this morning, police say thieves broke into St. Helen’s Church in Howard Beach, then into the sacristy, and stole a chalice. Here’s a picture; if anyone tries to sell it to you, you’ll know it wasn’t obtained by honest means. You should also, NYPD asks, call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or text 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577.
St. Helen’s was last in the crime news in 2007, when a disturbed man tried to stab a cop outside it, believing he was defending the church from attackers. The knife hit the officer’s badge and broke.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 26, 2010