While the theft of this icon is definitely not laudable (no theft is, come to think of't), it did bring forth this most awesome quote:
"It is very difficult to climb down from there. But they clung to the rock like Satans."
I don't think the thieves read their Gregory of Tours closely enough. Otherwise, they'd know that they really oughtn't mess with God. 'cept, these people are in schism - so I'm not quite sure how that would all figure in.