Vandals damage courtyard at Anchorage church

Jun 11, 2013 -- 12:00pm
-  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Church officials say vandals have caused more than $10,000 damage to an Anchorage church. Channel-2 News reports the vandalism has occurred three times over the last two weeks at the Cloister, or the courtyard at St. Patrick's Catholic Parish in east Anchorage. Deacon Felix Maguire says the vandals have climbed the roof, ripped off shingles and thrown them on busy Muldoon Road. A mausoleum also has been defaced, and marble niches that hold ashes have been destroyed. Officials say no human remains have been disturbed. On another visit Tuesday, vandals wrote "666," symbolic of the devil, on one of the Columbarium niches. Marble benches also have been damaged when someone rode a skateboard over them. Anchorage police are investigating.

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