The following comes from a June 25 CBS Los Angeles story:
Police were asking for the public’s help last week to identify who broke the head off a statue of the Virgin Mary and damaged the face of a Jesus Christ statue at a Catholic church in Palm Springs.
Officers responded to a report early this morning of vandalism at the Our Lady of Solitude Church located along the 100 block of West Alejo Road, according to Palm Springs Police Sgt. Paul Abshire.
An investigation found that someone damaged the two concrete statues near the front of the church sometime between 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. June 25, Abshire said.
It was not immediately clear what was used to cause the estimated $2,000 worth of damage, said Abshire.
The incident marked the second vandalism attack in a month at the church after two plaster statues in a different location at Our Lady of Solitude were also damaged.
[Editor’s note] These attacks are much more frequent than you might think:
Jun 07, 2012 – Cemetery break-ins in Martinez on the rise.
The true evil
May 10, 2012 – Santa Cruz church defaced, Serra baptismal font broken.
What the vandals vandalized
Apr 06, 2012 – San Francisco archdiocese responds to Occupy movement’s brief takeover of archdiocesan buildings
Mar 27, 2012 – Vandals deface statue in front of chapel dedicated to celebrating traditional Latin Mass.
Feb 27, 2012 – Vandals spray ‘satanic symbols,’ deface statues at Union City parish.
$5000 in damages for $39 worth of copper
Aug 31, 2011 – Antioch parish hit by thieves again, latest in statewide crime wave against Catholic institutions.
“A rude and crude message”
Apr 26, 2011 – Another Catholic church victimized by crime, vandals spray paint graffiti on walls of St. Barbara Parish at Mission Santa Barbara.
“Very definitely a deliberate act”
Apr 19, 2011 – Suspicious fire destroys Hacienda Heights church, latest in series of crimes against Catholic parishes in CA.
Same hate, different church
Jan 17, 2011 – Vandals spray-paint “Kill the Cathlics” at second parish, latest in series of crimes against Catholic churches in California.
Jan 10, 2011 – Glendale parish repeated victim of ‘poor box’ thief; latest in series of crimes against Catholic churches.
Anti-Catholic crime wave
Nov 18, 2010 – Church in Woodland targeted again by thieves, while parishes elsewhere in California continue to be victims of vandalism and theft.
Parish hit again
Oct 20, 2010 – In latest in series of crimes against Catholic churches across CA, Modesto parish suffers another break-in.
“They came for our ladies”
Sep 07, 2010 – Modesto church latest victim of sacrilege, vandalism.