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Altar Pillar and Lady of Lourdes from Rennes-le-Chateau Stolen...

In the early hours of the morning of the 1st April, around 3am, thieves carried out a daring raid on the small sleepy hill top village of Rennes-le-Chateau. Unaware that why they slept a crime was being committed, the theft went undetected until around 10am, when it was noticed by a villager and reported to the police. They duly sped to the village, arriving four hours later, and after being shown to the crime scene, armed with croissants and a could not care less attitude, began their investigation.

Stolen Altar pillar

The Crime Scene

The thieves had stolen the altar pillar, which was a replica, and the statue of the Lady of Lourdes.The French police are baffled by the crime. How did they carry off the two large and heavy objects without waking the villagers. A villager, who wishes to remain anonymous due to reprisals, said he had awoken with a strong thirst and so went to fetch a glass of water to drink. As he had glanced out of his kitchen window, he saw two shadowy figures pushing a wheelbarrow with something large resting on it. The police pushed for him to describe the men even though they suspected the water he had awoken to fetch was red in colour and made from grapes. The man said he thought it was two men, though one did have long blond hair, the other he described as slightly balding but even though his face was shrouded in shadow, he had the impression he was very handsome.

Police are visiting local hotels in the hope of finding the culprits. They are also stopping and searching all vans in the area. The French police are confident they will make an arrest in due course and apprehend the evil culprits. Rumours are that the police are keeping a close eye on eBay to watch for the stolen objects to come up for sale.

If anyone has any information that could help solve the crime, or recognise the description of the two men believed to have carried out the crime, please contact the French police.

The mayor of Rennes-le-Chateau has offered a reward of two free (small) cups of coffee and a croissant from his cafe restaurant, and one week free pass into the Sauniere museum for anyone giving information leading to an arrest.

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