March 30 2016

Police Investigating Truck Fire at St. Margaret Parish Day After Vandalism Incident

By: Rich Hosford

Update- The following is a release from the Burlington Police Department: 

Police Chief Michael Kent reports that the Burlington Police Department is investigating a truck fire that occurred in the parking lot of a local Catholic church early this morning.

At approximately 1 a.m. Burlington Police received a report of a truck fire in a parking lot adjacent to a building on the property of St. Margaret Parish, 111 Winn St. Burlington Police and Fire Departments responded to the scene and firefighters quickly extinguished the flames.

The vehicle was towed from the scene.

"This case is currently under active investigation," Chief Kent said. "At this time, we do not believe that this truck fire and the recent statue vandalism at St. Margaret's Parish are related."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Burlington Police Detective Gary Redfern at 781-505-4956.

Original Story: 

It appears that St. Margaret Parish may have been struck by another incident of vandalism Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. 

Wicked Local is reporting that a church facilities manager confirmed that a truck parked at the church had been set on fire. BNEWS was unable to verify with police but did observe a burnt area in the a parking spot behind one of the church buildings. 

This report comes a day after the church reported that three statues had been vandalized. As reported on BNEWS, 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. 

It is unclear if the incidents are related. 

Billerica Police also reported Wednesday that a state of the Virgin Mary had been decapitated at one of the town’s Catholic Churches. 

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