Missing Cross Returned to Pastor
- Missing cross returned to pastor
Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - By David Chircop
A 10-foot-tall cross was returned to a thankful Rev. David Thatcher
of St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church Tuesday, after it was stolen
earlier this month.
The cross, which was taken sometime after Jan. 1, was found at a
Caraway Court residence in Merced, after a student told a Merced High
School resource officer that he or she knew the location of the
Jeff Coburn, a detective with the Merced County Sheriff's Department,
eventually interviewed a juvenile who had possession of the cross at
his parents' home.
According to the student who had the cross in the yard, the cross was
discovered when the family returned home one day. The house had also
been "toilet papered" said Coburn.
The hefty Orthodox cross was erected at 171 E. Old Lake Road, where
the local parishioners hope to build a new church.
The cross was carved by deacon Brad Matthews of Kingsburg, one of
Thatcher's good friends.
Coburn said the family members apparently didn't know what to do with
the cross that was found on their lawn. He said they called some
churches and considered writing the newspaper.
It does not appear that they called the authorities.