Two men have been arrested in connection with the theft of a Virgin Mary statue from a Catholic church last weekend, Calgary police say.

The religious icon was found Tuesday, badly burned and without its hands, in a ditch on Highway 22 X, just outside Calgary's city limits. It had been stolen Aug. 8 or Aug. 9 from a grotto outside St. Albert the Great parish.

Two Calgary men, ages 19 and 21, have been charged with one count each of theft and mischief to property.

Police say the two men were arrested Friday after they received a tip from the public.

Police allege the men stole the statue following a night of heavy drinking.

It is not believed the statue was taken for any other purpose than a prank, police said, and it doesn't appear any religious or ritualistic motives were involved.