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Shopper finds stolen pectoral cross in thrift store

MOBILE (AP) — A pectoral cross stolen from Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb's unlocked parked car turned up in a thrift store with a $6 price tag.

"I was happy to get it back," Lipscomb said.

The buyer showed it to a friend whose mother recognized it and contacted church officials, Lipscomb said.

A pectoral cross is a cross that bishops wear on their chests.

It's suspended from a cord or chain and worn outside the clothing.

Mobile police said Lipscomb had parked his black, four-door Mercedes about 6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve in front of a home in West Mobile.

Other items stolen have not been returned.

Lipscomb's gold crosier shepherd's crook, four mitres, a gold antique chrism vessel, assorted religious papers and books, gold coins, a gold oil stock, a wool collar with gold pins, lappets, which are headgear adornments, and a pallium were stolen.

Lipscomb said he hopes the rest of the stolen goods are returned, especially since some of the items — specifically the mitres — are used during the upcoming season of Lent.

A mitre is the liturgical headdress of bishops and abbots of the Latin Rite. It is made of linen, gold or silk cloth and often is ornamented. The front and back are stiffened, and each part comes to a peak.

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