Police in Santa Ana, California are searching for a woman who has repeatedly vandalized statues of Buddha by hurling bottles of alcohol at them, ABC7 Eyewitness News reports.
The female suspect has been caught three times by surveillance cameras at the Huong Tich Temple since December — but according to temple representative Alice Nguyen, the vandal has damaged statues with jars and bottles on at least 10 different occasions.
The vandalism occurred in broad daylight, Nguyen said, usually between the hours and 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., when individuals are inside praying.
“Every day we’re chanting and praying everyone live in peace, that’s all,” Nguyen said when asked by ABC7 about a possible motivation.
Santa Ana Police Corporal Anthony Bertagna is equally perplexed. “Why is she doing this? Is this because she has a hatred for the religion or hatred for the religious statues? Or is this some other type of issue?” he asked.
Cpl. Bertagna said that the police are trying to determine the subject’s motives in order to determine whether the vandalism constitutes a hate crime.
Watch a report on the vandal via ABC7 Eyewitness News below.