NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are investigating after someone destroyed two statues outside a church in Queens.
It happened sometime around 3:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in the Forest Hills section.READ MORE: NYPD Officers Testify As Judicial Inquiry Into 2014 Death Of Eric Garner Gets Underway
The Diocese of Brooklyn says someone dragged the two statues 180 feet across 70th Avenue then smashed them with a hammer.READ MORE: Kason Parker Arrested In Deadly Stabbing Of 27-Year-Old Meghan Kiefer On Front Lawn Of Coram Home
According to the diocese, the two statues had been toppled over on Wednesday evening but weren’t damaged in that incident. It’s believed the same person is responsible for both incidents.
The two statues, one of the Blessed Mother and one of St. Therese the Little Flower, had been displayed outside the church since it opened in 1937.MORE NEWS: Storm Watch: Timeline Of Rare October Nor'easter Approaching Tri-State Area
Police are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).