UPDATE: Virgin Mary statue stolen from Wausau church found

Published: May. 6, 2018 at 4:28 PM CDT
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A Virgin Mary statue stolen from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Wausau is now in the custody of police.

According to a post on the Wausau Police Department's Facebook page, not only has the statue been found, officers have identified the suspects. The suspects are cooperating with investigators.

Father Aaron Huberfeld with St. Mary's Catholic Church said Monday afternoon that no charges will be filed if the five-foot tall statue is returned unharmed.

Lt. John Phillips with the Wausau Police Department tells NewsChannel 7 the theft happened sometime between 10:00 p.m. Saturday and 7:00 a.m. Sunday.

Father Huberfeld's room is near where the theft occurred and he says around midnight he heard people outside, but that it's not unusual when the weather gets nice.

It wasn't until the next morning when he realized the statue was missing. He was preparing for a First Communion mass where a floral crown is normally placed on the statue after a procession around the church.

The statue marks an important part of the church's history according to Father Huberfeld.

"It's part of a restoration of this church culminating in 2003. The interior of the church is the main part of the restoration, however, adding this altar and statue was also part of that restoration," Father Huberfeld said.

The statue is expected to be returned to St. Mary's on Tuesday.