Authorities: Suspects wanted for breaking window, crucifix in Marine Park church

The NYPD's hate crime task force says a group of people damaged a stained-glass window and a crucifix at St. Columba Church on Kimball Street.

News 12 Staff

Feb 7, 2024, 1:40 PM

Updated 127 days ago

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The NYPD is searching for four people who approached a church and damaged a crucifix and stained glass windows. The incident took place on Jan. 27 just before 3 a.m. when those four wanted individuals approached the religious institution, located at 2245 Kimball Street. The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is currently investigating this incident as a hate crime.
The Diocese of Brooklyn has provided a statement in response to the crime: "The Diocese of Brooklyn is deeply disturbed by the hate crime which took place at St. Columba Roman Catholic Church in Marine Park. There were numerous unsuccessful attempts to enter the church from a side door, as well as a smashed stained-glass window. The surveillance video also captured the vandals' attempt to pull the Cross off the exterior wall of the church and damaged the Cross with a series of punctures at the base. We are a week away from Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season. It is our hope these individuals will have a conversion of heart during this time of repentance and seek forgiveness for their sins against this parish. The increase in hate crimes incidents against different houses of worship and people of different faiths in New York City is alarming. Any persecution of faith defies our freedom of religion which is at the very foundation of this country. We thank the New York City Police Department for their response and continued investigation."


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