Nativity scene at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Queens vandalized after Christmas

St Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Queens was vandalized Thursday, Jan. 5. Police are investigating the incident. (Photo courtesy of St Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Queens)

On Thursday, Jan. 5, police received a report of two unknown individuals vandalizing a nativity scene in front of St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church sometime between 7:50 and 9:50 p.m.

According to police, the individuals kicked the partition plastic off the nativity scene display in front of the church, causing it to break. The vandals also ripped off the Christmas lights on the display.

Camera footage caught the two individuals coming into view on a scooter at 7:53 p.m.

No arrests have been made and there are no suspect descriptions at this time. The investigation is still ongoing, according to police.  

John Quaglione, the deputy press secretary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, said they also returned at 9:45 p.m. on two scooters. 

“One of them went inside the nativity and pulled the figures off of Blessed Mother and baby Jesus which were nailed to the wooden platform,” Quaglione said. “They then destroyed all the light decorations outside and inside.”

Quaglione said that the church has since put the Nativity figures back in place.