Police in New Orleans are looking for a person accused of destroying a statue of Jesus in a church

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – New Orleans Police Department officers are trying to locate and identify the person who allegedly broke off the arms of a statue of Jesus in a church on May 28.

NOPD said that around 11 p.m., a person climbed over the fence of the church in the 1200 block of South Carrollton Avenue and broke off the arms of the statue and the windshield of a car before taking off on a bicycle.

On June 4, Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church released security camera footage to WGNO showing a vandal jumping over a fence to remove a statue of Padre Pio and then place it at the church’s front door. The person then knocked the hands off the statue of Jesus.

(Courtesy: New Orleans Police Department)

Anyone with information about criminal damage can call NOPD Second District detectives at 504-658-6020 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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