SUDBURY -- There are currently a dozen statues at Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes property, and all are from the 1950s.
“We’re saddened,” said David Sirois, of Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie. "There’s enough volunteers and people who have donated to try and keep this site nice … for the general public. Then when you see damages like that, you wonder who would do that kind of thing?"
Officials found out about the damage a few weeks ago, and say the incident most likely happened in the middle of the night.
“Easier to be here without anyone noticing them easily, so and that’s probably why they were trying to be more quiet at doing it and just grabbing the parts that were easily accessible on the statues,” said Sirois.
He said after hearing about the damage, he immediately contacted Greater Sudbury Police, who said the investigation is ongoing.
“Unfortunately with no video surveillance, and no witnesses at the scene we do not have a suspect at the moment,” said Sarah Kaelas, of Greater Sudbury Police Service.
"It has been reassigned to our break enter and robbery unit, which falls under our criminal investigation division."
Police are urging anyone with any information to come forward.
For now the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie is looking at getting the damaged statues replaced by an organization in Toronto, but the cost is unknown at this time.
"So let us be confident, let us not be unprepared, let us not be outflanked, let us be wise, vigilant, fighting against those who are trying to tear the faith out of our souls and morality out of our hearts, so that we may remain Catholics, remain united to the Blessed Virgin Mary, remain united to the Roman Catholic Church, remain faithful children of the Church."- Archbp. Lefebvre 1980