Police are hunting thieves who stole more than 100 metres of copper sheeting from the roof of Kirby Bellars Church.
The metal was ripped from the roof of St Peters Church, in Main Street, sometime between 11pm on Friday and 10am on Saturday.
A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police said: “The theft has caused extensive damage to the building and it’s estimated that it would cost thousands of pounds to repair it.
“The suspects would have needed a vehicle to take the copper away from the area so we’d like to speak to anyone who may have heard or seen any suspicious activity.
“Did anyone see a vehicle not usually seen in the area? Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could help us find the perpetrators.
“We would also urge scrap dealers to remain vigilant and contact us if they see or hear anything about someone trying to sell copper.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Sergeant 2241 Mark Williams on 101, quoting crime number 17*82552.