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Crucifixion junkie or just plain junkie? Giant bronze cross sculpture could have been stolen for "metal value"

Thieves tend to swipe items that are easy to fence, like TVs and other electronic gadgets. So does that mean there's suddenly a market for giant bronze crosses? Doubt it -- and that's what has the Lakewood Police Department worried.

On Tuesday, some enterprising masochist slipped into chapel at the Hospice of St. John, 1320 Everett Court, and slipped out with "Transcendent Christ," a bronze sculpture by artist Lynn Kircher measuring three-and-a-half feet by two feet and weighing approximately 75 pounds. It's valued at north of $10,000.

So what's this guy figuring to do with the thing? Not pack it into a pawn shop, probably -- which explains this ominous statement in the LPD release: "It is unknown whether the thief was interested in the metal value or the art value."

Bet on the former -- meaning the dipshit's likely heading to a scrap yard right now with a weirdly shaped package, a severe hernia and more of an interest in a fix than crucifixion. Read the complete LPD release below:

Bronze Crucifix Stolen From Hospice

January 14, 2010

Lakewood police detectives are asking for assistance in locating a large bronze crucifix that was stolen from the Hospice of St. John on Tuesday of this week. The hospice is located at 1320 Everett Ct. in Lakewood.

On January 12, 2010 between 8:00am and 11:00am someone entered the Chapel at the Hospice of St. John and stole the sculpture from the wall at the head of the Chapel. The wooden cross is approximately 3 ½ feet tall and 2 feet wide. The bronze sculpture of Jesus is approximately 2 ½ tall and weighs approximately 75 pounds. It was commissioned and purchased by the Hospice of St. John in 2007.

The value of the sculpture is believed to be between $10,000 and $12,000. The artist is Lynn Kircher and the sculpture is entitled "Transcendent Christ".

It is unknown whether the thief was interested in the metal value or the art value. For additional information on the sculpture contact Steven Cooper. Cooper is the President and CEO of the Hospice of St. John and can be reached at 303-232-7900.

Detectives are asking anyone who feels they have information that may assist them in their investigation to call the Lakewood Police Department at 303-987-7111.

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