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Woman accused of vandalizing California church during spree

February 8, 2019
This Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 image from surveillance video released by the Watsonville, Calif., Police Department shows a woman pushing over a crucifix in a church as they seek then public's help in identifying her. A woman was arrested after surveillance video caught her toppling the crucifix and causing at least $15,000 in damages during a vandalism spree in a Northern California church. Police in Watsonville said 23-year-old Jackeline Chavira was also suspected of going into two downtown stores, grabbing religious statues and breaking them. (Watsonville Police Department via AP)

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A woman has been arrested after surveillance video caught her toppling a crucifix statue and destroying other religious artwork in a Northern California church.

Watsonville Police said 23-year-old Jackeline Chavira caused at least $15,000 in damages at St. Patrick’s Church.

Police said Chavira went on a rampage Wednesday in which she went into two downtown stores, grabbed a religious statue and broke it. Video showed her walking into the church and pushing the 15-foot crucifix to the floor.

Police said Chavira then ran next door to a prayer room where she threw another religious statue on the ground and ripped down two large pieces of art.

A witness later spotted her on the street. She was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of vandalizing a place of worship.

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