March 30 2016

Billerica Police Investigating Damage to Church Statue Similar to Incident in Burlington

By: Rich Hosford

The Billerica Police Department is investigating vandalism at a Catholic Church that is very similar to damage done at St. Margaret Parish. 


Billerica Police responded Wednesday morning to St. Mary’s Church, located at 796 Boston Road, for a report of vandalism. Upon arrival, Sgt. Frank Mirasolo spoke with a maintenance worker who stated that a parishioner alerted him to a damaged statue located behind the church this morning. The statue, depicting the Virgin Mary, had its head and both hands severed. Police believe the damage was done the night before or early that morning. 


As reported on BNEWS, on Tuesday morning St. Margaret’s Father Frank Silva found that three of the church’s statues had been damaged. Two statues, which sit at the top of a hill on the property, had their hands severed and multiple sets of rosary beads removed and scattered on the ground. The third statue, located near the rectory and depicting the Virgin Mary, had its head severed and both hands removed. 


In a release Billerica Police said they are aware of other incidents of vandalism reported at Catholic churches in Massachusetts recently. Detectives are investigating to determine if there is any possible link to these other incidents.

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