Saturday, June 12, 2004

Virgin Mary Statues Disappearing in MN

or stolen?

From Wave of Virgin Mary statue thefts hits central Minnesota:

"Joe Fautsch was mowing his lawn when he came around a corner and expected to see the Virgin Mary.

The Holy Mother wasn't there.

``I don't think she walked away by herself,'' Fautsch said. ``Who would take her?''

He found out last week that his Virgin Mary statue was one of four that have been stolen in this central Minnesota town within the past few weeks, Investigator Ben Theisen said. They can be worth up to $400, he said.

Fautsch's statue had stood on his lawn for about five years. He estimated the cost at $125."