Police investigate vandalism targeting Catholic churches, including St. Gregory's in Lower Mills

Police are investigating acts of vandalism targeting a statue across the street from Saint Gregory’s Church in Lower Mills that they believe occurred last night before 7 p.m. According to the police report, an unknown suspect defaced the religious statue on the church’s property by covering it in an unknown red substance.

Police say it is the fourth time the statue has been vandalized in the past month, each time in the same way.

The incident follows a pair of similar acts of vandalism that were reported last month at Most Precious Blood Church and Saint Anne’s Church in Hyde Park, in which the same red substance was poured on statues.

A witness told police they had observed an unknown black female enter Most Precious Blood Church on a separate occasion and attempt to deface statues inside the church before fleeing the scene in a white sedan.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Boston Police Civil Rights Unit at 617-343-4527.