Stolen Statue Of St. Francis Found

By: Chiara Lotierzo/KKTV Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo/KKTV Email

A statue reported stolen from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church last March was found in a field near Woodman Valley on Monday.

The statue was stolen either late on March 5 or early March 6. At the time, church officials said they believed the statue was broken out of an outside fountain, and then carried off by one or more thieves.

The statue of St. Francis was 5-foot tall and very heavy. The damage and loss of the statue was estimated in March to be worth $10,000. It was given to the church in 1961.

The Colorado Springs resident who found the statue wasn’t a member of the church, but had spent time in the memorial garden where the statue was displayed.

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Previous Coverage: Police Seeking Public's Assistance In Locating Church Statue
March 11

The Colorado Springs Police Department is seeking the public's help in finding a statue stolen from an area church.

As 11 News first reported on March 6, parishioners at Grace and Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church on North Tejon Street arrived at church Sunday morning to find the church’s statue of St. Francis had been stolen.

Church officials believe the statue was broken out of an outside fountain, and then carried off by one or more thieves sometime late Saturday or early Sunday morning. The statue is about five feet tall, made of concrete and possibly copper, and weighed quite a bit. The statue depicts St. Francis holding a bird in one hand and a bird resting on each shoulder, with a rabbit sitting at his right foot.

The church’s Building and Grounds Warden, Dr. Chip Hill, says parishioners are disappointed this happened inside the Memorial Garden, “mostly shocked that people would do such a thing in an area which is pretty sacred to a great many people, if you have your relatives buried here, this is important ground”.

The warden says the Colorado Springs Police Department was called out to investigate.

Hill estimates the loss and damages to be around $10,000. But the emotional cost to the church may be more: Hill says that the absence of the statue "is a source of tremendous pain and distress to us."

If you know anything about this crime, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers in Colorado Springs at (719) 634-STOP. You can also text in a tip to the Colorado Springs Police Department by texting into the number TIP411 and including “CSPD” in the message.


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  • by Tony on Aug 24, 2011 at 08:04 PM
    Seems like idolotry to me.
  • by hh6646 Location: C/S on Aug 24, 2011 at 07:26 PM
    Kim- Yes there is a bird in his hand. Clock on the "photos" link
  • by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 05:00 PM
    It's a miracle!
  • by Kim Location: C/S on Aug 24, 2011 at 03:12 PM
    I don't really know who St. Francis is, just that when I was a child, we had a statue of him in our Azalea garden and in one hand he held a bird. I can't see if this photo is the same or not, but I remember thinking he was a lover of all things calm and beautiful. I hate that he was stolen. I am glad he was found. @Spot, you are certainly able to speak your opinion, however you could benefit from a good seminar on language. I find your remark to be uneducated and vile. I also notice you are in Hades...and on level 2...perhaps you should be. God Bless and have Mercy on you!
  • by RebeccaM Location: Colo Springs on Aug 24, 2011 at 01:31 PM
    I, for one, am glad it was found. Bert, St. Francis is the patron saint of animals so for a dog to be in the fountain is actually quite fitting.
  • by Spot Location: Hades, level 2 on Mar 11, 2011 at 06:22 PM
    Cheap ugly statue. Good riddance. We have too much religous "art" in this town.
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      by Reality on Aug 24, 2011 at 01:37 PM in reply to Spot
      Wow! You are a part of the reason why vandalism and disrespect exists in our society. I sure hope you don't have children or any influence of your views on other young people. What a disrespectful remark. You should have something you feel is precious to you stolen and examine your reaction to what others may feel is "cheap" and "unncessary." BTW, I doubt a piece of religious art valued at $10,000 is cheap. The only thing cheap about this article is YOUR comment. In your words, Spot, good riddance to you!
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      by Jean on Aug 24, 2011 at 02:23 PM in reply to Spot
      Too much religious art here compared to what? Have you ever been anywhere else? You sure haven't been anywhere in Europe. What a nimrod...
  • by Bert Location: West Side on Mar 11, 2011 at 04:30 PM
    I do think this is terrible but to try and admonish people and say how sacred a area this is only to have a picture of it with a dog in the fountain reminds me of a movie quote "we dont wash our pits in the pool of sacred tears"..Looks like another respectable dog owner to me.
  • by Be Safe Location: COS on Mar 11, 2011 at 03:18 PM
    Beyond the terrible and thoughtless affront to the congregants, this theft has placed a lovely work of art in real danger of permanently disappearing as scrap. It's 2011 and, apparently, there are no boundaries. Hope it is found and not damaged!
  • by Henry on Mar 7, 2011 at 09:13 AM
    Shame on you who stole this. How low can someone go? So very disrespectful.
  • by Tim Location: COS on Mar 7, 2011 at 06:29 AM
    Western Scrap, here we come!
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