Vandals knock over Virgin Mary statue at BK church

Security footage appears to show two young men walking along the street and knocking down the statue out of nowhere.

Security footage appears to show two young men walking along the street and knocking down the statue out of nowhere. (6/16/15)

BROOKLYN - Vandals knocked over a statue of the Virgin Mary at a Brooklyn Heights church, police say. 

Surveillance video appears to show two young men topple the 51-year-old statue at the Pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo Church at around 2:15 a.m. Friday. 

The church's pastor says police are using the footage to try to catch the suspects.

"This statue is symbolically, very meaningful. I can't believe this happened," says Father Edward Doran. "I feel so hurt."

Residents say the act of vandalism isn't just disrespectful to the religious community, but to the entire neighborhood.

"It's a great neighborhood and it's very quiet, which is why this is a little alarming and surprising," says Cobble Hill resident Drew Sachs.

Repairs will cost up to $2,000, according to Doran. He says the statue was left mostly intact where it fell.

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