Arrest made in Catholic Church break-in, tabernacle still missing

Last Updated on February 16, 2021 12:02 pm

Boone, NC – On February 12, 2021, Boone Police Detective Jake Harkey arrested Claude William Clark, age 54 of Boone, for Breaking or Entering at Saint Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. Clark was given a $20,000 secured bond and assigned a court date of March 23rd.

The incident stemmed from a breaking and entering that occurred in June of 2020 in which a suspect entered a window at the Church and took a tabernacle located inside. The tabernacle is described as an ornate gold colored metal container with a cross at the top approximately two to three feet tall that weighs roughly forty pounds.

The Boone Police Department stated that although a suspect is in custody, the tabernacle taken from the Church has not yet been located. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the tabernacle is asked to call High Country Crimestoppers or the Boone Police Department.

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