Residents of Old Bridge, New Jersey, have been seeing a rash of vandalism and theft of lawn ornaments.
Someone cut the head off a statue of the Virgin Mary and left it lying on the ground at a Knights of Columbus chapter on Long Island, police said Thursday.
Believers said the outline in the tree is similar to an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, an icon of the Virgin Mary celebrated in Mexico.
Residents awoke Monday to find the glass encasing around a gnarled tree stump shaped like the Virgin Mary smashed. Flower pots and a box of lit candles around the shrine, which sits next to a Route 21 exit ramp, were also overturned.
Vandals hit eight times, desecrating nativity scenes across the area. So far no arrests have been made, but if and when the perpetrators are caught, it will be prosecuted as a hate crime and could be a felony, police said.
This time of year religious statues represent people’s reasons for the season — their belief in the birth of Jesus Christ. The season in Yonkers something unusual for the area has happened.
It’s a dog in the likeness of a real canine, Lexington, a 15-year-old yellow lab and loyal companion to St. Patrick’s rector Monsignor Robert Ritchie.