Police in Burlington are investigating after three religious statues outside a Catholic church were vandalized this week.
According to Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent, two of the statues at St. Margaret Parish on Winn Street had their hands smashed off. Rosary beads were also removed from the sculptures, which sit atop a hill by the church. The beads were found strewn on the ground.
Police said in a statement that the third statue, of the Virgin Mary with open arms, had both its head and its hands removed.
“This is a deeply disturbing crime committed against a religious institution in our community during a major holiday season,” Kent said in a statement.
Kent said police have launched an investigation to find the suspects responsible for damaging the religious figures.
Officers were called to the scene of the vandalism on Tuesday. Police said they believed the act was carried out sometime between Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
“We will ... use all assets at our disposal to find those responsible and hold them accountable,” Kent said.
The destruction comes just days after a statue of the Virgin Mary at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Norwood was vandalized with black spray paint on Good Friday.