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Elmhurst Police Release Details of Vandals' 1st Recent Attack on Church

The Elmhurst police released a report on the first recent instance of vandalism at St. Gregorios but Deputy Police Chief Dominic Panico has yet to answer a question about the graffiti found at the church.

St. Gregorios. Credit: http://www.malankaraorthodoxtv.in/
St. Gregorios. Credit: http://www.malankaraorthodoxtv.in/
The Elmhurst police released details on the church vandalism at St. Gregorios last week.

The police have yet to respond to a request made by Patch for the police report on the second recent incident at the same church. Likewise, Elmhurst Deputy Police Chief Dominic Panico has still not answered a question posed by Patch on whether the the graffiti scrawled on the Orthodox Syrian church involved hate language.

The police report describing the May 8 incident said an officer was told of the vandalism by at least two members of the St. Gregorios congregation. One of the members of the congregation told the officer about two other incidents.

The vandals wrote "ROY YAZ" in one spot on the church and "ROY" on another. The letters were written with blue spray paint.

An officer spoke to three neighbors but generated no leads, police said.

The police did find similar graffiti on the garage of a house at an unspecified location the same day the church graffiti was discovered. In that instance, blue spray paint also was used to write "ROY YZ," police said.

St. Gregorios was vandalized again Saturday.

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