A man and woman have been caught on CCTV allegedly stealing a large Jesus statue from an Auckland chapel this morning.
The statue - along with a Little Infant of Prague statue - were seen being carried out of the Carmelite Monastery in Royal Oak by the pair this morning.
CCTV photos posted to Facebook show the pair in the act, as they casually walk out and load the statues into a car parked outside.
A post accompanying the photos plead to the public for information and says the statues were taken between 6:49 and 7am.
"Our two precious statues of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, which has been with us since 1940 and The Little Infant of Prague statue was in the Chapel.
"Sadly during this time our chapel was empty and we were about to begin our Morning Prayer. The Police have been notified," the post reads.
Police confirmed to 1 NEWS they are "making inquiries into a theft from a monastery on Mt Albert Road in Royal Oak this morning."