Details emerge in return of stolen crucifix
More details have come to light about how a stolen crucifix found its way back to a church in Morrisania.
Henry Gomez, of the Bronx's Saint Anselm Church, says he was driving into the parking lot of his parish Wednesday when he noticed a man stumbling on the sidewalk with a five-foot cross that he claimed to have found.
It turned out to be the same crucifix that police say was taken from the lobby of Saint Anthony of Padua Church earlier that same night.
With help from a police officer and fellow parishioners, Gomez says he convinced the man, who he believes to be homeless, to hand over the divine item in exchange for a handheld cross.
The 111-year-old crucifix, which is valued at $5,000, will be on full display when its returned to the Saint Anthony congregation during a special procession.