Mornington Peninsula Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating a stolen Holy Icon of Panagia from a Greek Orthodox Church in Red Hill on 10 February.
It is believed that the Greek icon was stolen, along with a green wooden donation box containing money, by two males sometime between 12.10am – 12.30am, who attempted to jemmy open the front doors of the Arthurs Seat Road church.
The males eventually gained access by forcing a side door.
Made in Greece in 1974, the silver icon would cost between $5,000 to $10,000 to replace, dealing a massive blow and bringing despair to the Victorian Greek Orthodox community.
Investigators have released images and CCTV in the hope someone may recognise the males.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
Sourced By: Victoria Police