Hate Crime Investigation Launched After Statue Of The Virgin Mary Vandalized On Long Island
March 19, 2018 at 10:40 am
PORT JEFFERSON STATION, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A statue of the Virgin Mary was beheaded in Port Jefferson Station over the weekend, according to Suffolk County Police.
The statue was vandalized at the Church of Saint Majella in Port Jefferson Station sometime between Friday and Sunday.
Investigators are treating the matter as a hate crime.
A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.
Anyone with information is asked to call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. You can also text “SCPD” and your message to “CRIMES” (274637) or submit a tip by email by clicking here.
All calls, texts and emails will be kept confidential.
"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