Woman sought in vandalism of Buddhist temple

Buddhist temple vandal shown in surveillance footage sought by police

Police are searching for a woman suspected of vandalizing a Buddhist temple in Santa Ana on several occasions in the last three weeks.

Surveillance footage captured the woman throwing glass bottles and damaging the statues of Buddha in front of the Hong Tich Buddhist Temple on the 4800 block of West Fifth Street, according to a statement from the Santa Ana Police Department.

Since Dec. 16, the statues have been desecrated on eight occasions. The surveillance video recorded the woman damaging the statues three times, and police believe she may have carried out the other incidents.

The woman is Asian, age 25 to 40, and has short, dark hair. She weighs 115 to 130 pounds and is 5 feet 2 to 5 feet 5, police said.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact Det. A. Gonzalez at (714) 245-8732.

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