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Police Monday were investigating the weekend vandalism of a West Covina church as a probable hate crime.

Graffiti was spray-painted on statues and other areas of St. Christopher Catholic Church, 629 S. Glendora Ave., shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday, said West Covina Police Cpl. Rudy Lopez.

Security video showed a masked man dressed in dark clothing spray- painting graffiti on the grounds of the church, including on a statue of the patron saint, St. Christopher, and the Virgin Mary.

Among graffiti were references to various Biblical verses and the phrase “bow down to Jehovah,” Lopez said.

No arrests have been made.

“I’m a church-going man myself, and I see this and I am offended by it,” Lopez said in remarks broadcast on Fox11. “Why someone feels that they have a right to do something like this is beyond me.”

—City News Service

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