DENVER — A well-known, iconic Greek cathedral in the Denver area was vandalized over the weekend. You may know it as the “Gold Dome.”
A brazen thief busted into the church, stealing money and damaging property and it was all caught on camera.
For 40 years, the well-known golden dome just off East Alameda Ave. and Colorado Boulevard has lured visitors from all over. Some come to see the stunning painted ceiling. Others come to worship. Sunday morning it lured in an unwelcome intruder, despite the security warning signs.
Just a few hours before a service when the pews were packed, cameras throughout the empty cathedral caught a man after he smashed through a double-pained stained glass window.
Father Dimitrios Kyritsis explained, “Someone broke in through the glass and entered into the cathedral and walked into the alter-area which is considered the holiest of holies.”
Father Dimitri said the man rummaged through sacred items. “They moved things around on top of the alter.” Then, he rifled through the clergy’s drawers. “You can feel violated by that,” the father said.
Then the man made his way through the cathedral, bashing intricate woodwork to steal money. He also broke the lock to the prayer box. “There’s no money that’s kept in that particular box, it’s just a list of names,” he said.
Father Dimitri said he doesn’t know how much money was stolen, but is hoping this man doesn’t do it again. “Hopefully they’ll see their picture on Crime Stoppers and they’ll come forward and say, ‘I’m sorry I did that.’”
If you recognize the man call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could receive a reward.