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Santa Ana Buddhist temple vandalized by two women

Santa Ana, California, police are asking the public for help in identifying two suspects who vandalized a Buddhist temple in a possible hate crime. According to KTLA, statues at Huong Tich Temple at 4821 W. Fifth St. were spray-painted on Sunday after 11 pm. Security cameras caught two women in face masks tagging the statues up.

In total, 15 statues were damaged with spray paint amounting to around $6000 worth of damages. Some of the statues were tagged with “Jesus” which is why the police are treating this as a possible hate crime.

two women spray painting buddhist statues at Huong Tich Temple

Initially, police suspected Trang Pham who was charged with repeatedly vandalizing the temple in the past. But when they looked into her, they found that she was in jail at the time.

Investigators are now looking for two women and they aren’t sure why Huong Tich Temple was targeted.

“What their motive is and why they would pick on them, I don’t know,” Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

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