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SCHERERVILLE — St. Jude, the patron saint of hope and lost causes, has been snatched from a Schererville woman's lawn, leaving an empty pedestal where the holy statue once stood.

On Friday, Schererville police responded to the 6900 block of Wren Drive after a resident noticed the lawn-dwelling martyr was missing, Schererville Cmdr. Jeff Cook said.

The saint was stolen between 4 and 8:50 p.m. Friday, the woman told police.

The resident said St. Jude was taken from his regular roost on a pedestal under her front window by two suspects, who allegedly drove away with no lights on in a dark-colored vehicle, presumably with holy figure in tow. The resident said she was able to determine the alleged thieves were a younger male and younger female by the voices captured via surveillance footage.

Police checked the area, but were unable to locate any suspicious vehicles.

The statue is described as 3 feet tall, weighing about 70 pounds and made from white, decorative concrete.

No surveillance footage stills were available of the suspects or of St. Jude before the abduction that day.

Anyone with information on the missing martyr can call the Schererville Police Department Detective Bureau at 219-322-5000, or to remain anonymous they can call the crime tip hotline at 219-865-4646.

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Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts, investigative news and more. She is a Region native and graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology.