The following comes from a February 19 Sierra Sun article by Kevin MacMillan:
KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Another vandalism crime has occurred at a North Lake Tahoe church, this time involving the desecration of a granite Virgin Mary statue.
According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, an unknown suspect or suspects sometime overnight Sunday, February 14, severed the head and hands and fingers of the large statue located out front of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church at 8263 Steelhead Ave. in Kings Beach.
The department has some people of interest, Hunt said, and the investigation is ongoing in conjunction with the FBI and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, considering other church vandalism crimes over the past year may be related.
“We’re not ruling that out,” Hunt said.
The series of North Lake Tahoe church vandalisms began on Easter Sunday in April 2015 in Incline Village when all five of the town’s five churches were tagged with anti-Christianity messages.
Since, similar crimes occurred last summer in Incline, as well as Kings Beach and Tahoe City.
In August, damage to two Incline churches included smashed doors and windows, and what appeared to be repeated attempts to saw down a wooden cross outside at The Village Church, a Presbyterian church at 736 McCourry Blvd.
In September, vandalisms in Kings Beach and Tahoe City involved suspects reportedly spray painting “offensive statements” on churches, prompting authorities to characterize the offenses as hate crimes.