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Grotto statues damaged

Police ask public to help identify vandals


by: PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - Statue of Joseph toppled and vandalized at the Grotto.Police are seeking the public's help to identify who damaged historic statues at the The Grotto, the religious sanctuary located at located at 8719 Northeast Beech Street.

According to the police, the statues were damaged on the evening on Nov. 28 and 29.

One statue is of Joseph holding the Baby Jesus. Both heads have been removed from the figures.

Another statue is located in the burial grounds and is also of Joseph. It has been knocked from it's base and the head removed. Two small angels have also sustained damage.

The statues are more than 100 years old and are made from Cararra Italian marble.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony. Those providing information can remain anonymous.

You can leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com , text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.