Armed robbers stole a priest’s chalice and paten from a Bel Air, Md. jewelry store last month, along with $800,000 in jewelry and gems. The religious items, made of pewter and silver and embedded with diamonds from the priest’s grandmother and mother, had been at the store for refubishing before the 25th anniversary of his ordination, the priest told the Baltimore Sun.
Yesterday, the items were returned to the Rev. James Barker by Harford County police. Investigators offered few details of how the items were found. “It traveled to us through third parties that were able to get it,” said Harford State’s Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly. “It’s one of these things where we’re glad we got it and we’re not asking a lot of questions.”