The following comes from a January 30 news release from the Arcadia Police Department.

Two Arcadia churches have been broken into and vandalized within the last two weeks. The first incident occurred overnight, Saturday to Sunday, January 19-20, at the Church of the Good Shepherd (Methodist) , 400 West Duarte Road. The suspect(s) forced open a door to the church office, ransacked the interior, and threw clergy robes on the ground. A fire extinguisher was discharged in the office and the suspect(s) burned part of a portrait hanging on the office wall before making off with a guitar and other sound equipment.

Early this morning, shortly after 2:30 a.m., the police department received a 9-1-1 call from a passerby reporting suspicious activity at Holy Angels Church (Roman Catholic), 330 Campus Drive, Arcadia. Police and fire units arrived on scene and discovered an administrative building on the church property had been broken into and there was smoke inside the building. Evidence of a small fire was found against an interior hallway wall, having burnt a small area of carpet and papers. It appears the suspect(s) broke an office window to gain entry. Once inside, two religious statues and a DVD player were broken and tossed to the ground inside a small chapel, and an interior office door was kicked in. It appeared the suspect(s) also rummaged through several rooms inside the building.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5150.