Far from heaven: Vandal sends church’s St. Francis statue crashing to the ground twice, police say

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He’s no saint.

Cops are searching for a nogoodnik who they said snuck into the courtyard of a Cypress Hills church and knocked down a statue of Saint Francis of Assisi — twice.

The suspect first toppled the stone monument inside the garden of Blessed Sacrament Catholic church at 4:54 pm on Oct. 31, according to police, who said the effigy of the religious figure was returned to its place following the incident.

But the alleged vandal returned to the Euclid Avenue house of worship at 7:19 am on Nov. 11 and pushed the statue over again — this time breaking its base — before fleeing the scene, authorities said.

The suspect is a man approximately 20–25-years-old with long black hair, cops said.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577–8477. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

Reach Deputy Editor Anthony Rotunno at or by calling (718) 260-8303.
Posted 12:00 am, November 20, 2017
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Reasonable discourse

Fred from Windsor Terrace says:
I missed the press conference where our local political leaders gathered together to oppose this act of bigotry and pledge support to the religious group impacted.
Nov. 20, 2017, 12:42 pm
Women says:
God, I'd love to see this man drinking a diet coke!!
Nov. 20, 2017, 1:14 pm
Warren Wilhelm from Park Slope says:
Where is our beloved borough president on this!
Nov. 20, 2017, 7:28 pm
Warren Wilhelm from Park Slope says:
Where is our beloved borough president on this!
Nov. 20, 2017, 7:28 pm
Sean F from Bensonhurst says:
Warren Wilhelm
Sadly, our beloved borough president reached the limit of his term several years ago, so all we're left with is Eric Adams.

Sad, also that, if this were a synagogue or a mosque, there would be more outcry.
Nov. 21, 2017, 10:01 am
Lucy from Park Slope says:
Sean, look - he probably stole it to put in a mosque. Those cheap a-holescouldn't even buy their own statue.
Nov. 22, 2017, 3:55 pm

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