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Hate Crime Investigation Launched After Statue Of The Virgin Mary Vandalized On Long Island

PORT JEFFERSON STATION, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) -- A statue of the Virgin Mary was beheaded in Port Jefferson Station over the weekend, according to Suffolk County Police.

The statue was vandalized at the Church of Saint Majella in Port Jefferson Station sometime between Friday and Sunday.

Investigators are treating the matter as a hate crime.

Mary Statue Vandalized In Port Jefferson Station
(credit: Suffolk County Police)

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. You can also text "SCPD" and your message to "CRIMES" (274637) or submit a tip by email by clicking here.

All calls, texts and emails will be kept confidential.

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