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Religious sites vandalized in Brooklyn

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Police believe they have the man who vandalized several religious-affiliated buildings and statues in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn.

Community leaders and politicians gathered Tuesday to denounce the anti-religious vandalism.

Authorities say a statue of Mary at the Church of St. Anselm was painted red sometime Monday night. The vandal also painted other statues throughout Bay Ridge and wrote the word "No" on doors of various churches and a Jewish center.

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force was called in Tuesday to investigate the incidents.

Detectives plan to charge the suspect with a hate crime by Wednesday.

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