Police say church vandalism is hate crime

| May 25, 2010

MAYWOOD, Calif. (KABC) — Vandals broke into the Santa Rosa De Lima Catholic Church and tore up the place in a shocking case of vandalism in Maywood. Police are calling it a hate crime.

Investigators said the vandalism is extremely graphic, calling it heinous.

Pictures from the Maywood Police Department's Web site shows what vandals did to the church on 4430 West 60th St. The suspects broke into the church and ransacked the kitchen area.

They wrote 666 on the walls, stuck a knife through a painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe and took a cross and displayed it in a sacrilegious manner. Police said the suspects went as far as to defecate in the auditorium, located next to the kitchen.

Police do not have any suspects in the case, but they believe the vandalism happened either late Sunday or early Monday.

Police need the public's help finding whoever is responsible. Anyone with information is urged to call the Maywood-Cudahy Police Department at (323) 562-5005.



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