Police are currently looking for the thief who stole a 100-year-old sword from St. Mary and All Saints’ Church in Beaconsfield in the U.K.. The thief stole the sword, shoved it down his pants and then smiled at the church’s surveillance camera before he left.
The sword originally belonged to 23-year-old Lieutenant Robert Septimus Grenfell who used the sword 100 years ago at the Battle of Khartoum in 1898, during which he died.
“It’s of great historic relevance as this is the sword Lt. Grenfell was using when he was killed” stated Churchwarden Peter Sanders.
Sanders also stated that he believed that whoever stole the sword, most probably plans to sell it. Money from the collection box was also taken during the break-in.
The 150 cm long sword is an ordinary dress sword in the 1896-style, with a leather grip and a honeysuckle branch motif, and it is shielded inside a steel scabbard. The church is desperately hoping that their sword gets returned to them soon since it has such historical value to their community.