Two statues stolen from monastery

A CCTV image of the Sacred Heart statue being removed from the Carmelite Monastery. - Photo: Supplied / Facebook

The police are investigating the alleged theft of two statues from the Carmelite Monastery in Auckland yesterday.

Two people were seen on CCTV entering the chapel in Royal Oak and taking a 79-year-old Sacred Heart of Jesus statue, and a Little Infant of Prague statue.

The thefts happened shortly before 7am before morning prayer was due to begin.

About a dozen nuns live in seclusion at the monastery, where they have taken a vow of silence.

People in the monastery community are circulating CCTV photos of the thieves and asking anyone with information to come forward.