• Vandalism at the Carmel Mission

    Sometime between the night of Saturday, September 26, 2015, and the morning of Sunday, September 27, 2015, an unknown number of individuals vandalized numerous statues, gravesites, doorways and a fountain at the San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission (Carmel Mission, 3080 Rio Road, Carmel). A volunteer discovered the damage on Sunday morning at approximately 0630 hours and the Carmel-by-the-Sea Police Department was notified at approximately 0700 hours.

    A private security guard was present at the Mission on the night of vandalism. However, police have learned that security cameras were not operating.

    The acts of vandalism consisted of gallons of wet paint poured and thrown on entryways, statues, gravesites and a fountain in the courtyard, basilica, mausoleum and cemetery. A marking pen was also used to inscribe derogatory comments on statues and signs of Junipero Serra. Some of the vernacular consisted of the terms or phrases, “Greed,” “Genocide,” and “Saint of Genocide.”

    Detectives from the Carmel-by-the-Sea Police department are investigating this case and searching for clues to charge those responsible with the vandalism.

    We request that anyone with information that may be beneficial to identifying the individual or individuals responsible for these acts, to please come forward and contact the Carmel-by-the-Sea Police Department at (831) 624-6403. 

    posted to Cedar Street Times on September 28, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log

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