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Nativity scene vandalized in Huntington Beach

December 23, 2012 | 12:20 pm

Vandals defaced a nativity scene at a Catholic church in Huntington Beach.

Nancy Cesar, the business manager at Saint Bonaventure Catholic Parish, said the vandalism apparently happened overnight and was discovered Sunday morning.

The vandals drew swastikas and pictures of male genitalia on the nativity figures and wrote "Heil Hitler" on one of them, she said.

The life-sized nativity scene was in front of a priest's house, next to the church, she said. Cesar said the nativity is generally put up by the church's Vietnamese parishioners. She said parishioners told her the scene had been vandalized in previous years.

"Today is, I believe, the most hurtful and the most obnoxious," she said.

Lt. Brian Seitz of the Huntington Beach Police Department said officers responded to the scene at about 9 a.m. and took a report, but no suspects have been identified. Seitz said he was not aware of any previous reports of vandalism at the church.

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