Statue, Flower Pots Vandalized At Battle Creek Catholic Church
Police in Battle Creek are attempting to identify and locate a man who was seen vandalizing items on the property of a Catholic Church.
The Battle Creek Enquirer says that around 9pm Sunday, a couple on a motorcycle saw a man at the St. Philip Catholic Church on Capital Ave; he was seen knocking over flower pots, and damaging the arm of a small statue. The statue is of Saint Bernadette, and dates back to the 1940s.
Saint Bernadette was a French woman born in 1844; she claimed to have visions of the Virgin Mary in a grotto, and was canonized in 1933.
When Battle Creek Police responded to the scene, the man was nowhere to be found. The suspect is described as a 30-year-old white man, who had been wearing grey pants, a blue shirt, black jacket and black shoes. He’d been wearing headphones at the time.
This is not the first incident of vandalism at a Battle Creek religious institution, or even the first to take place on Capital Ave; the Temple Beth-El synagogue was spray-painted on in January, and that incident happened just a couple of months after a concrete menorah on that building was damaged and chipped at.