100-year-old statues destroyed at The Grotto

100-year-old statues destroyed at The Grotto
Somebody cut the head off this statue of Joseph at The Grotto in NE Portland. (Photo courtesy Portland Police Bureau)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Someone destroyed several old marble statues of the baby Jesus, Joseph and angels at The Grotto in Northeast Portland.

One of the damaged statues was of Joseph holding the baby Jesus. Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said the suspect or suspects went to The Grotto and stole the heads of both Joseph and Jesus off the statue.

Another statue of the Virgin Mary was knocked over and the head was stolen. Police later recovered the head of that statue after a passer-by called them and said it was perched on a post on the west end of The Grotto. Police returned the head to The Grotto. Two small statues of angels were also damaged.

The statues are made of Cararra Italian marble and are more than 100 years old, Simpson said.

Simpson said the vandalism and theft happened on both Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The Grotto is located at 8719 NE Beech Street.

The Grotto is a 62-acre Catholic shrine. It is open to the public.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information about the crime that leads to an arrest.

You can leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at crimestoppersoforegon.com, text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.