ARLINGTON, Texas – A burglar who broke into a Greek Orthodox bishop's car made off with quite a haul, but fencing one of the stolen items could prove difficult.
Among the items stolen from Bishop Metropolitan Isaiah's car was a jeweled crown of gold and silver, which Isaiah estimated to be worth between $6,000 and $10,000.
Isaiah, who is based in Denver and is bishop for the Northwest region of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, said he was dining with others at a restaurant when the break-in occurred. He said the car was parked in a well-lit spot.
"We came out at 10 o'clock, and the window was smashed," he said.
The burglar also made off with a copy of the New Testament, a veil, a cell phone and a black fabric bag. The bag had special meaning to the ex-Marine because it was given to him years ago by the widow of a fellow Marine.
Isaiah offered a reward of at least $1,000 if the crown is returned without damage.
"That was the first gift I received as a bishop 22 years ago," he said. "I feel lost without it."
At a vespers service Saturday night, he was the only priest with no head covering.
"I just hope and pray that those who took it will have a change of heart," he said.