WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — An apparently drunken man high-fived, kissed and damaged a Jesus statue at a Brooklyn church that has twice been the target of vandals in the not-so-distant past, diocesan officials said Tuesday.
A trio -- two men and a woman -- approached the statue about 4:30 a.m. Sunday outside the rectory of Saints Peter and Paul Church on South Third Street in Williamsburg.
Surveillance videos captured one of the men giving the depiction of Jesus a high-five then trying to hug it. Instead, he pried the statue off the base, cracking it.
“They appear intoxicated. The strength made it come off the base,” said Waleska Soto, a secretary for the church.
“We are waiting for the report from detectives to see if they got any fingerprints, which I hope they do.”
In 2012, a statue was stolen form the same location and never returned. A couple donated a new statute but it was stolen in May.
The second incident was caught on surveillance as the group ran off with the statue, later dumping it in a trash can. It was ultimately returned and now sits inside the church.
The now-cracked statue was placed outside, where it sustained about $700 worth of damage, church officials said.
“Respect private property," Soto said to the vandals. "If you can't handle your liquor, drink less and respect private property. But really respect a sacred home."