On Monday, June 19, thieves stole the pectoral cross that Benedict XVI gave a church in Traunstein. According to the local press, quoting the Criminal Police Office of the state of Bavaria (LKA), the thieves broke a cabinet built into the wall where the cross was displayed. A spokesman of the Police said that “We cannot rule out that it was a directed act. The theft was noticed on Monday and the LKA took charge of the investigation.”

The robbery would have occurred in broad daylight, between 11:45 am and 5:00 pm. It was an especially relevant cross as it was a gift of Benedict XVI to his native parish. 

A pectoral cross is a cross that Bishops wear on their chest.