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Security video shows lone man vandalizing San Gabriel Mission statues
Security video shows lone man vandalizing San Gabriel Mission statues

The surveillance video showed a man walking in the cemetery of the San Gabriel Mission with a deliberate gait, the priest said, as if he was unworried about being caught for what he was about to do. Methodically, he destroyed two tall granite statues, including a tombstone, depicting Jesus. He used a garden hose as a lasso in an attempt to bring one of them down. In the early-morning darkness Wednesday, the man took his time, said Father Manuel "Tony" Diaz. He took a 5-pound rock and smashed one of the statues until it was left without a head or arms. In dollars and cents alone, the damage was costly: at least $50,000. But the priest said the greater cost was the deep...

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