12:39 PM CST on Friday, February 1, 2008
By TIFFANY GLICK / The Dallas Morning Newstglick@dallasnews.com
Police announced a $5,000 reward Thursday afternoon offered by local Greek Orthodox Church officials in hopes of recovering a visiting bishop’s crown that was stolen Jan. 25 in Arlington.
The crown, valued at approximately $5,000, and other items belonging to Metropolitan Isaiah were taken from a vehicle parked outside of the Piccolo Mondo restaurant in the 800 block of E. Lamar Boulevard, according to Arlington police. The bishop, in town from Denver to meet with area parishes, was dining at the restaurant when the theft occurred.
The thieves also took the bishop’s New Testament Bible, veil, cellphone and Marine Corps bag.
During a Saturday evening service on Jan. 26, the bishop was the only clergyman without a symbolic head covering. When the bishop led the Sunday morning service Jan. 27 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Worth, it was the first time he’d led a service without the crown since receiving it 22 years ago.
Some of the other items also carried sentimental value. The bishop had carried the Bible for more than 30 years. The Marine bag was a gift to the bishop, a former Marine, from a fellow Marine's widow.
Anyone with information about the theft should call Arlington police at 817-459-6486.
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