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$10K Reward Offered For Arrest In Shelter Island Burglary Case That Led To Death Of Priest

Lucien Piccard Seashark watch, stolen from Rev. Canon Paul Wancura's residence (3 Oak Tree Lane) in March 2018 Photo Credit: Suffolk County Crime Stoppers
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offering reward for information about Shelter Island burglary case Photo Credit: Suffolk County Crime Stoppers
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offering reward for information about Shelter Island burglary case Photo Credit: Suffolk County Crime Stoppers

Coinciding with the one-year anniversary of his death, Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives are looking for information surrounding the person(s) who burglarized a Shelter Island home last year and injured a retired priest who later succumbed to his injuries in April of 2018.

Police say Rev. Canon Paul Wancura, 87, was discovered seriously injured inside his home (3 Oak Tree Lane) at around 12:40 p.m. on March 19, 2018.

The house had been burglarized, police say, and jewelry, including the Lucien Piccard Seashark watch pictured above, was taken.

Wancura was transported by helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he died about a month later on April 16, police say.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a fast-cash reward of $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest. The reward will be issued within 72 hours.

To submit an anonymous tip, call 1-800-220-TIPS, text “SCPD” and your message to “CRIMES” (274637) or submit an email at www.tipsubmit.com. All calls, text messages and emails will be kept confidential.

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