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Someone vandalized three statues outside a church in Houma

A vandal smashed three statues last week at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Houma, authorities said.

Video cameras at the church captured footage of a man picking up two of the statues and dropping them to the ground and then knocking over a third, a church official said. The cameras captured the person from different angles, but none had a good view of their face.

Houma police are investigating, a spokesperson said.

Brian Naquin, a member of the church’s Pastoral Council, said the vandalism happened on the morning of July 22.

“Someone went to the statues around 5:30 a.m., literally picked them up, one of them picked them up to chest height and dropped them,” Naquin said.

The damaged statues, which date from the 1960s, depict a lamb, accompanied by a praying boy and woman.

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Naquin said the vandal had only been on the property for a few minutes and no one from the church recognized him.

The church, at 8594 E Main St., sees a lot of pedestrians passing by, Naquin said.

A camera at Holy Rosary captured a silhouette of the person who damaged the statues, but none of the footage shows the person's face, a church official said.

“It looked like he was just passing through to begin with, then he just stopped in front of the statues,” Naquin said. “I think someone was having a bad day.”

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