Stolen historic door returned to St. Louis Catholic church

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St. Francis de Sales Oratory on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 in St. Louis. Photo by Huy Mach, hmach@post-dispatch.com

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A century-old door to a confessional booth has been returned after it was stolen from a St. Louis Catholic church last week.

The Rev. Canon Andrew Todd, a vicar at St. Francis de Sales Oratory, says the door was dropped off at the church around 6 p.m. Sunday.

Todd says security cameras show a man dropping the door off at the church’s back door, ringing the doorbell and running away.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that someone walked into the church and removed the door from its hinges last weekend.

The door has resided at St. Francis de Sales Oratory since the church’s completion in 1908. The door is tall and ornately hand-carved. Todd says it’s worth thousands of dollars.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch