- Associated Press - Thursday, June 29, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - Officials at a historic Catholic church in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood say it would cost thousands of dollars to repair statues recently damaged by a vandal.

WCBS-TV reports (https://cbsloc.al/2u1xQsQ ) Monday’s early morning vandalism occurred in a shrine outside St. Anthony of Padua Church and was caught on the church’s street surveillance camera.

The video shows a man yanking three statues of children and hurling them at a larger statue of the Virgin Mary. The man then hops a fence onto the sidewalk and casually walks away.

All four statues sustained extensive damage.

The Rev. Mario Julian says the damage may be too extensive and expensive to fix. He estimates it could cost $8,000 to $10,000 to replace the statuary, something he says the 130-year-old church doesn’t have the funds for.

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Information from: WCBS-TV, https://www.cbs2ny.com

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