Visiting bishop’s sacred items stolen from car in Arlington

Author: Steve Thompson
Date Published: 01/27/2008

Visting clergyman says thief also took Bible from car in Arlington

To one Arlington car burglar, it seems nothing is sacred.

He or she, or maybe they, stole a Greek Orthodox bishop’s jeweled crown woven of gold and silver Friday evening. His New Testament Bible was also taken.

“We parked in a brightly lit place, and with all the lights there, we thought we were fine,” said Metropolitan Isaiah, a bishop who ministers to many states, including Texas.

Visiting from Denver to meet with area parishes, the bishop was dining with others at the Piccolo Mondo restaurant in Arlington when the burglar struck.

“We came out at 10 o’clock, and the window was smashed,” the bishop said. From the back seat, someone had grabbed his symbolic crown, his Bible, his veil and his cellphone.

A black fabric bag that is dear to the bishop