BOULDER, Colo. (KDVR) – A Catholic church was vandalized Tuesday night with anti-religious and other messages spray-painted on buildings and other property, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said.
Sacred Heart of Mary is located at 6739 S. Boulder Road and BCSO said the graffiti is similar to another incident in September of last year.
“We can’t conclusively say yet that it is related to the September incident, but the crimes are very similar in nature,” a BCSO spokesperson told FOX31.
Vandals spray-painted abortion rights messages and anarchist symbols on the church building, signs and a truck in the parking lot overnight in late September 2021. A priest was awakened by the sound of breaking glass around 3am and police believed the vandals were scared. when he turned on the lights outside.
Here are photos of the September 2021 incident:
Last year’s vandalism was somewhat left out as an example for the community.
“I think at this point we decided to leave it in place. We think it’s important for community members to see that there are people doing these things because we’re not the only church. Several churches were vandalized. Not only Catholic churches, but also other churches,” Mark Evevard said after the September 2021 incident.
The BCSO is investigating Tuesday’s incident by reviewing surveillance and believes multiple suspects were involved.
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