Detectives Seeking Information in Regards to Several Incidents of Vandalism at Catholic Churches Across the City

 

At about 7:20 PM on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a vandalism in the area of 2223 Dorchester Avenue (Saint Gregory’s Church) in Dorchester. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that an unknown individual had defaced the religious statue on the church’s property, covering the statue in an unknown red substance. The victim stated this is the fourth incident in which the statue had been vandalized in the past month with the same red substance being poured on the statue. Officers searched the area for a suspect to no avail. 

At about 8:30 AM on Monday, March 11, 2019, officers assigned to District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a radio call for a vandalism in the area of 25 Maple Street (Most Precious Blood Church) in Hyde Park. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated he observed an unknown red substance on a statue on the church’s property. The victim further stated that he observed the same red substance on a bench in front of 90 West Milton Street in Hyde Park (Saint Anne’s). Officers searched the area for a suspect to no avail. 

At about 8:25 AM on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, officers assigned to District E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a radio call for a vandalism in the area of 90 West Milton Street (Saint Anne’s Church) in Hyde Park. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that he observed an unknown red substance on a statue in front of the church, similar to the substance he had previously located on a bench in front of the church as well as on the side of Most Precious Blood on March 11, 2019. The victim further stated a parishioner notified him of a prior, unreported incident in which an unknown black female entered Most Precious Blood Church during closing and attempted to spray an unknown substance on the statues inside of the church. The unknown female, when confronted, stated that she was just praying before exiting the church and leaving the scene in a white sedan.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the Boston Police Civil Rights Unit at (617) 343-4527.

Community members wishing to assist this search anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.