They stole the bell from the church of the Pournario community in Domokos

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The theft took place on Christmas Eve, but the complaint was made in the last 24 hours – The perpetrators are wanted – Many incidents of theft in churches

Unpleasant surprise for the people of the church in Community of Pournari of the Municipality of Domokoswhen they found that the bell was missing from the holy church of Panagia at Domokos Railway Station, which belongs to their parish, writes the lamiareport.gr.

The theft was noticed a day before the big Christmas holiday, but was only reported this week and the perpetrators are being sought.

Recently, many thefts have been reported in the area involving metal agricultural components and everyone’s thoughts go to specific people who are involved in… the trafficking of such materials which they sell to recycling companies.

The specific incident with the desecration of a religious place will be recorded in the Report of the competent Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs with Incidents to the detriment of places of religious importance for the 2022.

The corresponding report of 2021, unfortunately includes 378 such incidents, of which 370 at the expense of Orthodox Church premises. Of these, 12 were recorded in Fthiotida and most in sacred sites in the regions of Lamia and Domokos.

Analytically:

2021 – 12 incidents

2020 – 25 incidents

2019 – 11 incidents

2018 – 7 incidents

2017 – 12 incidents

For 2021:

Location I. Church of Agioi Theodoros Atalanti Fthiotida

Date 18/19 March 2021

Short description Breach of southern entrance of the Temple by breaking lock and interior drawers and entering it without removing anything

Perpetrator(s) Unknown

Police/procedural actions Preliminary investigation

Location Cemetery of Anthili Lamia Fthiotida

Date April 15, 2021

Short Description Damage 20 tombstones by spray painting the photos of the interred in blue

Perpetrator(s) Unknown

Police/procedural actions Preliminary investigation

Location Nea Makrisi Domokou Fthiotida Cemetery

Date Between August 23, 2020 and April 27, 2021

Short description Removal from a monument of an inscription with the phrase: “You offered much, suffered much, enjoyed little, your granddaughter Evangelia”

Perpetrator(s) Unknown

Police/procedural actions Case file

Location I. Chapel of Agios Athanasios, Melitaia Domokos Fthiotida

Date Between 23 and 27 April 2021

Brief description Entry through an unsecured door and removal of the image of Christ the Great High Priest from the Altar, of undetermined age and value, as well as two table candlesticks

Perpetrator(s) Unknown

Police/procedural actions Preliminary investigation

Location I. Church of Agios Georgios, Hypati Lamia Fthiotida

Date Between 20 and 22 May 2021

Short description Destroying outer door lock and inner door glass – Unsuccessful safe breach

Perpetrator(s) Unknown

Police/procedural actions Preliminary investigation

Location Cemetery of Anthili Lamia Fthiotida

Date June 12, 2021

Brief Description Damage tombstones by shattering photographs of sleeping persons

Perpetrator(s) Unknown

Police/procedural actions Preliminary investigation

Location I. Church of Agios Georgios, Gerakli Domokou Fthiotida

Date Between 21 and 27 June 2021

Short description Entering the unsecured Temple, breaking safe locks and removing approximately €150

Perpetrator(s) Unknown

Police/procedural actions Preliminary investigation

Location I. Church of Agios Athanasios, Trilofo Makrakomi Fthiotida

Date July 24, 2021

Short description Entry through an unsecured central door and theft of 1 copper vessel, 1 central unit of a public address system and 1 plastic basin, total value approximately €200

Perpetrator(s) Unknown

Police/procedural actions Preliminary investigation

Location I. Temple of Zoodochos Pigis Domokos Fthiotidas

Date September 28, 2021

Short description Violation of central door, breaking of a lock and theft of petty cash, violation of a cupboard of I. Step and theft of 1 gilded lapis lazuli worth €700

Perpetrator(s) Unknown

Police/procedural actions Preliminary investigation

Location I. Temple of Zoodochos Pigi, Vitoli Makrakomi Fthiotida

Date 16/17 December 2021

Short description Burglary of side entrance of Temple and theft of unknown amount of money from pakari

Perpetrator(s) Unknown

Police/procedural actions Preliminary investigation

Location I. Chapel of the Holy Brigades, Komnena Kamena Vourlon Fthiotida

Date Between 17 and 22 December 2021

Brief description Entering the Temple through an unsecured door and stealing 3 large-sized icons from the iconostasis, of undetermined value

Perpetrator(s) Unknown

Police/procedural actions Preliminary investigation

Location I. Cathedral Church of the Annunciation of the Mother of God I. Metropolis of Fthiotida, Lamia Fthiotida

Date 26 December 2021

Short Description Deface the temple wall with purple spray paint: “DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO WEAR – TELL HIM NOT TO HURRY”

Perpetrator(s) Unknown

Police/procedural actions Preliminary investigation

We note that the Holy Metropolis of Fthiotida has the most parishes in all of Greece (245) behind only the Holy Metropolis of Ioannina (249), while it also has the third largest number of Monasteries (18) behind only the Metropolis of Thebes and Levadeia (23) and Aetolia & Akarnania (19).

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