It was promised that Jesus would rise after three days.
For the owners of Angels & Co. in Monroe, it took a couple of extra days.
Midge Saglimbene and Linda Schirillo said someone snatched their 5 foot statue of Jesus that stood in front of their shop on Route 25.
"I was devastated," Saglinbene said. "I was crying, I was like 'I can't believe this. This can't be."
Saglinbene said she was beside herself after discovering that the statue was missing.
They reported the incident on Wednesday.
"I did call the police," she said. "Monroe police and next thing I know, everyone knows about it."
The statue holds special meaning for Saglinbene. She said it was not for sale.
So, she prayed to St. Anthony, the patron saint of lost things.
"I kept saying All Saints Day, maybe All Saints Day," she said. "We'll pray for All Saints Day."
By Sunday, her prayers had been answered. Someone called them to say that it was back, and on All Saints Day.
Not only was it back, but they said it was gleaming with a new coat of paint.
"I know it's painted because there's a big chip out of Jesus' forehead," Saglinbene said. "And I can see the line."
Saglimbene and Schirillo said it appeared that the culprit was a thief with good intentions.
"He looks beautiful," Saglimbene said. "He looks different. The one we had was chipped and faded, but I loved him. He was beautiful and he's beautiful."
The statue weighs approximately 50 pounds and worth about $600, according to police.
The owners said they are grateful to get it back, so there were no hard feelings.
There’s still no word on who helped restore the iconic statue.
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