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Vandals attack Blessed Mother Mary statue at St. Patrick Church in Carlisle
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Vandals attack Blessed Mother Mary statue at St. Patrick Church in Carlisle

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Part of the mystery of the missing Blessed Mother Mary has been solved, but one question remains.

Who did it?

A neighbor of St. Patrick Church at 152 E. Pomfret St. in Carlisle noticed the statue was missing last week.

Whoever took the cement statue, which stands about 40-inches tall and weighs 85 pounds, managed to lift it out of its place in a small corner in a nook behind the St. Patrick’s Parish House without damaging the flowers surrounding it.

According to the Carlisle Police Department, the statue was taken between July 19 and July 21 by someone who used a cart to remove the statue of Mary from the church garden.

Police placed the value of the statue at $200 to $300.

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On Sunday, a neighbor mowing his grass found the statue under some hedges by the cemetery wall near the church.

“Unfortunately, someone broke the head off of her and left both pieces there. They were both kind of shoved under the hedges,” said Star Wiskeman, parish administrator, in an email to The Sentinel.

Though the broken statue has been recovered, the question of who did it remains.

Police have asked that anyone with information call 717-243-5252 or submit a tip through the Crimewatch website.

Wiskeman said this is not the first time this summer the statue was targeted by thieves. On July 13, the statue was found behind the parish office. It looked like someone had tried to take it, but found it was too heavy.

“It was placed back in its original spot only to have it taken again a week later and broken,” she said.

The attempted theft and subsequent vandalism is all the more disturbing to parishioners because the statue was taken from a garden dedicated to Gerald Kole, a deacon who suffered a heart attack and died at the site while tending the garden, near the anniversary of his death on July 15, 2002.

It has not been decided whether the statue will be repaired or replaced.

Email Tammie at tgitt@cumberlink.com. Follow her on Twitter @TammieGitt.

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