Copper Pipes Stolen In Latest Rash Of Vandalism To Hit N.J. Churches

HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — An unusual rash of vandalism has occurred at several Garden State churches and the latest case doesn’t have anything to do with anything sacred.

Kenny Butka, the parish building manager for St Ann’s church, told CBS 2’s John Slattery that he inspected his building after hearing that Our Lady of Grace Church had been robbed of copper piping.

Butka noticed that St Ann’s was missing 80 to 100 feet of copper piping. The estimated value of the piping is $400.

Rev. Alexander Santora of Our Lady of Grace Parish said that he heard a noise outside of his window late at night.

“So, I yelled out the window, ‘Who’s down there?  Who’s down there?'” Santora said.

The thieves escaped with two spouts. Santora said he suspects that they will be sold as scrap.

Our Lady of Grace building manager Vinnie Rossi expressed his regret that thieves had made off with the piping.

“It’s just good I wasn’t here, if I saw ’em, they’d  have to lock me up,” Rossi said.

Our Lady of Grace was featured in the Marlon Brando film classic, “On The Waterfront.”

On Tuesday, CBS 2 reported on a bronze Staten Island war memorial plaque that was ripped off, possibly to be sold for scrap, and on Monday, CBS 2 reported on St. Nicholas Parish in Palisades Park.  It’s patron saint lost it’s head and staff to vandalism.

Hoboken police are in the process of locating neighborhood surveillance video to aid them in identifying the thieves.

You may add your thoughts on the latest robberies in our comments section below…

  • Moo Cow

    The blog commissar, I mean, “moderator” in this blog is a major azzklown.

  • Joe Bite-me

    If this had happened at a mosque, it would be the lead story on all the mass-media news and they would speculate it was white middle-class males doing it.

  • Larry Wilke

    Some of you are really hard on the writer of this article. After all, it is coming from CBS.

    Statistically there is one church for every 75,000 people in NJ. It is not surprising these things happen. What they need is Jesus.

  • Shannon McDung


  • Walter Billings

    The end will come soon for the East Coast of the US and it will not a meteor or anything like that. It will come soon in the form of complete chaos and anarchy created by Obama and the criminal element in this nation.

  • Amused but not misled

    I’d love to be around when they cut into the 480- volt circuit feeding the place to get the copper wire.

  • Doug Glass

    This is not vandalism you m o r o n . This is thievery.

  • david

    Gybsies do these in Europe. The control is growing there and now they come over the pond to do the same.

  • Wenford Cullinghan

    “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.”
    – Plato

    • Vinni

      awesome quote very cool , very true .

  • Mike

    I’m so sick of worthless people in this country. It’s time we start having some real consequences for law breakers. Guilty people with stickyfingers need to loose one of them, and then will see if they get the message about stealing something that doesn’t belong to them. If they still don’t get it whack the whole hand off. I wouldn’t lose one second of sleep over it.

    • Count Yob

      It would bring back long-ago memories of the souk in Jeddah to see legless stubby-armed ex-thieves propelling their platform carts through shopping centers begging for alms.

    • D'Terian Theodorius Jackson IV

      Wherever there is a criminal, there is a liberal politician to feel sorry for him in exchange for his vote.

      Quit electing liberal democrats and liberal republicans to represent us and our laws will start to protect the responsible and productive conservatives in our country instead of genetically irresponsible, lazy and non-productive liberals

    • Wenford Cullinghan

      “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.”
      – Plato


  • Flannigan

    If vandals steal copper piping, what to theives do?

    The writer, of this story, is an INCREDIBLE IDIOT!

    • Buckets of Fun

      A vandal made off with his writing ability.

      Its only gonna get worse folks, but good thing the copper pipes weren’t stolen from Mosks, that would be a hate crime.

    • Count Yob

      They are thieves first and vandals second. Not only do they steal things, but they also break them.

    • Joe Bite-me

      thieves cop steel

  • Peter

    come to my house and my two dogs will make you into copper starting with $hitting your pants!!!!

  • Ronchris

    Now let me see

    if I got the facts straight here?

    Cleaning woman Clara Clifford discovered

    your clean copper clappers

    kept in a closet were copped by Claude Cooper

    a kleptomaniac from Cleveland. Now is that about it?”

    Victim: “One more thing. If I ever catch kleptomaniac

    Claude Cooper from Cleveland who copped my

    clean copper clappers from the closet….”

    Friday: “Yes?”

    Victim: “I’ll clobber him!”

    • Tom in Texas

      Ahh, you remember Jack Webb and Johnny Carson little skit too huh?

  • jdelbello

    theft not vandalism

  • Rick Dekkard

    Any scrap dealer who buys bronze plaques from veterans graves or statues from a church should be de-bollocked, THEN prosecuted!

    • You're posting too fast


      Make use out of him.

      I say say send them off to BUD/S training (SEAL team), let the instructors have ’em for about a week.

      Then the trainees get to use them for punching and drill dummies.

      Dump what’s left in the dumpster.

  • Michael

    Desperate people do desperate things. The Drive Bye Media keep telling us our economy is improving I consider this “happy talk” .

  • Tom Walter


    • Pos ting T oo F ast

      Most likely. I love it when they go after power lines and get fried..

      • StopWithTheMadeUpStories

        I’ve heard of the choir cleaning out the pipes, but this goes to far. To be honest it reads like another made up story linked to by the Drudge Report. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media after the coup and cover up. Even most of the comments online are financed with your tax dollars. Big brother is trying to create the perception of public opinion while burying the truth. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

        Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in world history.

        • Baldy Kirby from Atlanta

          Drop dead, biatch, and take your moronic SPA back to the Washington Examiner.

  • B DA Truth

    Stealing Copper is what Obama called a Job of the future .. future…. future

  • The Cryptojournalist
    • Real Rick

      Go back to the gay postings of Huffy-Post, nimrod.

    • JoeBatters

      Since you speculate on the mindset of all Drudge readers, perhaps you might explain your theory, it already so well formulated, on people who read Drudge.

      Oh never mind, know it already, it’s that we’re all ….. Fox watching, Sarah Palin loving, gun toating, bible thumping, beat up on the homeless, oil spilling, racists ….and this somehow ties into our need to read about copper thefts … how?
      Enjoy your cryto-life.

    • Mr. Workman

      You might try Business Week owned by Bloomberg as a source. About 1 1/2 years ago published how China was setting up recycling centers and Hispanic gangs were stripping sitting homes of copper and other metals.
      I myself had a spec home stripped of electrical wiring and furnace coils. Even man hold covers were being stolen and sold as scrap.

      But really just ignore the facts that what it takes to be religious zealot of the church of liberalism.

      • Laquisha

        What the heck is a “man hold covers “

        • fangman

          man-hole cover

          allows access to the underground utilities along sidewalks and beneath streets

          • You're posting too fast


            I thought they were personal feminine hygiene items.

      • Joe Bite-me

        I get more accurate news from fortune cookies at the chinese joint down the street, than the mass-media

    • marlene klim

      Deport the illegals and the steeling of copper from buildings will end. They do it in their homelands, too. Stealing is a big part of the culter there.

      • marlene klim

        Make that culture. Or lack thereof. They also have armed guards at the entrance/exit of all the grocery stores. Metal detectors at the entrance of all department stores. Anyplace that handles money has guards. Great way to live.

    • Moo Cow

      And we ALL took turns loving your mommy…..

  • Mark Brennan

    Sorry, that should say ‘If buyers buy anything without proper paperwork.

  • Mark Brennan

    This is also a problem in the UK. People now need a licence to buy or sell scrap metal. If buyers buy anything with proper paperwork, they can lose their licence.

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