The incident occurred on the 8th of May at Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church on Wadsworth Avenue, New York.
The surveillance footage shows an elderly man, estimated to be 65-years-old walking into the church at 12:25pm. The elderly man is seen walking with a distinctive limp as he hobbles towards the painting with his walking stick. When standing in front of the painting the elderly man can be seen making the sign of the cross with his hands. The elderly man takes off his coat and grabs the painting off the wall. He then proceeds to covers the painting with his coat and walks out of the church.
Father Evagoras Constantinides, told CBS New York, "Our people were downstairs a matter of 20 feet away, so it was rather courageous of this man to come in with the church full and swipe it right in front of our eyes". Father Constantinides, also makes claims that the elderly man may have come to the church before as he knew exactly what he wanted.
The elderly man who stole the painting has not been caught and the police are currently investigating the crime. The painting which the man stole is estimated to be worth $5,000 as it is embellished with 24-karat gold leaf.