FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2019
NYPD INVESTIGATING VANDALISM TWO SUNDAYS IN A ROW AT QUEENS CHURCH
The Diocese of Brooklyn is announcing they are working with the New York City Police
Department in response to two acts of vandalism, which occurred this past week, on the property at St. Gerard Majella in the Hollis section of Queens.
This past Sunday evening, a woman broke into the parking lot and caused significant damage to the Rosary Stations which were crafted in Italy, the parish signs affixed to the fence and the sprinkler system. The pastor estimates the value of the damage at approximately $10,000. The woman seen in the surveillance video, which has been handed over to the 103rd Precinct, is the same person who the Sunday before, on September 8, was captured on video in the parking lot ripping down signs and damaging potted plants bearing the parish name.
“The things damaged were all purchased through the fundraising of parishioners and the Generation of Faith Diocesan campaign. 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,” said Father Josephjude C. Gannon, Pastor of St. Gerard Majella.
Anyone with information is asked to call CRIME STOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS. St. Gerard Majella is located at 188-16 91st Avenue in Hollis, Queens.
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