HALIFAX – A historic cross stolen from the University of King’s College Chapel has been returned undamaged and is now back on the altar in time for the new school year.
The brass 19th-century cross went missing during the Natal Day long weekend, prompting chapel members to put up posters throughout the city.
They also called pawn shops and antiques dealers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec.
The university chaplain offered a $200 reward, which appears to have been the motivation behind the cross’s return.
Father Gary Thorne said he received a phone call Tuesday morning from an unlisted number.
“When I answered the phone, the voice said ‘I have your cross.”’
Thorne arranged to meet with the caller, who he described as a “very pleasant young man, 18 or 19 years old.”
The man said he didn’t steal the cross, but knew the person who did. In exchange for the cross’s return, Thorne gave him the reward money.
“We shook hands and wished one another well,” Thorne said. “I assume that this person is desperate for money one reason or another and the $200 will probably do him a lot of good.”
“So, the perfect ending to the story. We were able to help out a young person and the only thing we had to do was go a month without the cross.”