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.
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.
“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.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to submit a report anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at crimestoppersbr.org. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the tip leads to an arrest.