Religious Statues Vandalized

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    A 6-foot-tall concrete statue of the Virgin Mary -- which some people call a Towson landmark -- was toppled by vandals, Baltimore County police said.

    For decades, the 200-pound statue has stood in a carved out hillside by Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church near York Road. Now the statue is badly damaged, and its left hand is missing. Police believe it may have broken off when the statue was pushed from its pedestal during the weekend of March 19-20.

    Then around the same time, the head of a statue of St. Francis of Assisi was removed at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Overlea. Police said they don’t know if the incidents are linked. A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Baltimore said both statues will be restored.