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Church receives lead in door theft after story airs on News 4

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ST. LOUIS, M. ( -- A confessional door was recently stolen from St. Francis de Sales Oratory in south St. Louis.

The church was built in the early 1900s and is considered the “cathedral of South St. Louis.” Church officials believe the person responsible put some significant planning into the heist.

“It had to be premeditated, no one just walks into a church, had a hammer and screw and pops it off,” said Reverend Canon Andrew Todd. “A joke, dare to take something from a church for resale values.”

Architectural experts told News 4 the age of the door and the fact that it’s handcrafted mean it is worth a lot of money.

Todd said he believes a new door would cost several thousand dollars. 

Wednesday morning, Todd contacted News 4 and said they received a lead in the investigation. He said at 2:37 p.m. Sunday, a white man in his late 20s to early 30s was seen walking south towards Gravois with the door in his possession. The man was reportedly wearing a tool belt. 

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