'One-of-a-kind' cross stolen from local bishop

'One-of-a-kind' cross stolen from local bishop
This cross was stolen out of a local bishop's car June 8 in downtown Seattle. (Courtesy of Episcopal Diocese of Olympia)

SEATTLE -- It's been a while since I've checked the Ten Commandments, but I'm pretty sure stealing from a bishop is a big no-no.

According to the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, someone broke into the Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel's car while it was parked near Sixth Avenue and Stewart Street in downtown Seattle around 8 p.m. June 8.

Rickel serves as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, which includes more than 100 churches throughout Western Washington.

The thief made off with a number of Rickel's belongings, including the "one-of-a-kind" pectoral cross given to him when he was consecrated as a bishop.

Rickel is hoping the cross, which features impressions from natural objects found in the area and the Diocese's ship imprint, will be returned, no questions asked.

Anyone with information about the missing cross can email Blaire Notrica with the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia at bnotrica@ecww.org.