3 religious statues damaged in Portland

PORTLAND — Police in Portland say a $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in the case of Italian marble religious statues damaged at a Catholic shrine and botanical garden.

Sgt. Pete Simpson says three statues were damaged last week, with the heads removed.

Police recovered one of the statue heads Friday after a passer-by called to say it was perched on a post at the west end of the 62-acre site popularly known as The Grotto. That head belonged to a statue of the Virgin Mary.

Still missing are heads belonging to statues of St. Joseph and the infant Jesus.

Simpson says the statues are more than 100 years old.

Crime Stoppers is offering the reward.

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