Churches in Peru have many religious jewels, and very little security, which also has captured the attention of thieves around Peru. Police has between 1996 and 2003 registered 19 gangs, who specialized in sacrilegious robbery.
During the 90’ties – one of the most organized gangs was “The Sacrilegious”. The leader of the gang took his own picture next to religious pieces, as any tourist and then gave the picture to another group who then stole the piece. The gang was very well connected with art collectors in Colombia and Ecuador, who happily bought the precious pieces.