Police are praying for the return of 10 century-old pews stolen from an Auckland church.
The heavy, wooden seats were taken from the Mt Eden Presbyterian Church on Esplanade Road during a break-in on Sunday, Februrary 12, police say.
Constable Laura Van Doormaal said the pews were over 117 years old, with some more than eight metres long.
"These pews are very large in size and heavy and would be difficult to transport," she said.
"It would take at least two people and a large vehicle or trailer to remove them."
Police have appealed for sightings of a large vehicle on the church grounds and say the pews may have holes where they were bolted to the floor.
"This is certainly and unusual theft and anyone who is offered one of these for sale might not even consider it is stolen," Const Van Doormaal said.