The 800-year-old religious relic stolen from a Catholic church in Long Beach was recovered, and a suspect was arrested, police said Thursday.
“We have the suspect in custody and the relic has been recovered,” Sgt. Rico Fernandez of the Long Beach Police Department said.
According to Long Beach police, the relic — which is usually kept in a cabinet — was on display when church employees opened the doors at 6 a.m. Monday to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at 540 Olive Ave., but around 9 a.m. workers realized the relic was missing.
The relic, which is housed in a gold-plated casing, depicts the figure of Jesus Christ. It is 16 inches tall at its highest point and 10 inches wide. The relic, which goes on display once a year, was given to the church when it was established 110 years ago.
Police initially said they wanted to speak with a woman in her thirties who was seen near the church.