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ABC Julia Baird-style thrill-seekers behead Stations of the Cross statues in Canada

You might recall that toppling statues thrills ABC Julia Baird's heart.

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So where do you score these guys on the Baird-Heart-Thrill scale?

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SUDBURY, Ontario, July 6, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) –  Vandals used power saws and grinders to behead Catholic bronze religious statues in broad daylight in a grotto in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario. While the crime occurred back in May, it has only recently been made public. 

The Sudbury Star reported on June 28 that local police confirmed to them that on May 22, vandals beheaded eight statues at the historic Stations of the Cross at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Sudbury, Ontario. 

The crime happened in broad daylight, between the hours of 1 to 6 p.m., and as of today, the Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS) still has no suspects. The destruction of the statues occurred a few days prior to the killing of George Floyd while in police custody and appears to be unrelated to current events in the U.S. where mobs are destroying statues of historical figures, some of them saints.  

LifeSiteNews reached out to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, asking them to explain why it took them so long to make the crime public.  

David Sirois, who serves as the assistant financial administrator with the diocese told LifeSiteNews that the long delay in making the crime known was done because they did not want “public knowledge” to interfere with the police investigation. 

“We did not want public knowledge to interfere with the GSPS investigation, that is why it wasn’t provided to the media until the GSPS arrived at a standstill,” Sirois told LifeSiteNews.

Sirois said in the Sudbury Star report that the thugs used power saws and grinders to cleanly decapitate statues at stations at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. 

Sirois told the Sudbury Star that stations six to 11 were damaged and that vandals also cut halfway through the legs on one statue, and arms were also broken off on some. He said the crime was reported to the GSPS right away. 

LifeSiteNews contacted the GSPS to ask them about the incident, as well as why it took so long for the public to become aware of the vandalism to the statues. 

Sarah Kaelas, who works in Corporate Communications with the GSPS, told LifeSiteNews that the delay in making the crime public was due to investigators wanting time to explore leads.   

“It wasn’t made public immediately as investigators wanted to explore any and all leads first,” Kaelas told LifeSiteNews.

Kaelas added that the investigation is “ongoing” despite the fact the case has been open for over a month. 

“Due to the fact that there was no video surveillance or eyewitnesses at the scene, we do not yet have any suspects or leads at the moment but we continue to work diligently to hold the vandals accountable,” Kaelas told LifeSiteNews.

Kaelas also said that the GSPS is taking the investigation “seriously” and they realize the “historical value of the statues.  

“The GSPS recognizes the great historical value and community significance of these religious statues, and we are taking this incident very seriously,” Kaelas told LifeSiteNews.

She added that the crime has been “reassigned to our break enter and robbery unit, which falls under our criminal investigation division."

Rebel News media reporter Sheila Gunn Reid reported on the vandalism to the grotto statues, and called into question why the crime is not being considered a “hate crime.”  

“Not just vandalized. BEHEADED. How do you behead a statue? That requires some planning and forethought and some serious tools brought to the scene of the crime….Hardly seems like a spur of the moment drunken prank to me,” wrote Reid.