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Police, diocese seek alleged church vandal

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:30 am

The NYPD’s 103rd Precinct is investigating two acts of vandalism that have taken place on consecutive Sundays at St. Gerard Majella Church in Hollis.

The church is located on 91st Avenue. In a statement sent on Tuesday, the Diocese of Brooklyn said the incidents took place on Sept. 8 and Sept. 15.

The diocese said this past Sunday a woman broke into the parking lot and caused “significant damage” to 20 marble rosary stations, which were made in Italy; the parish sign on a nearby fence; and the sprinkler system.

The cost of the damage was estimated at about $10,000. The diocese said the woman recorded on surveillance video, which has been turned over to police, is the same one who on Sept. 8 ripped down signs and damaged potted plants.

“The things damaged were all purchased through the fundraising of parishioners and the Generation of Faith Diocesan campaign,” said the Rev. Josephjude Gannon, pastor at St. Gerard. “These are hurtful attacks against the image of Mary and the parish. Such acts of religious intolerance have no place within our society, and every house of worship, regardless of their beliefs, should be respected. We are praying for the person and for justice.”

Detectives in the 103rd Precinct are asking that anyone with information contact them at (718) 657-8220. They also can call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or, for Spanish, 1 (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are confidential.

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