Crystal Cathedral hit by tagger

first_imgCRIME: Police are reviewing a video of the suspect. Repairs will cost at least $38,000. By The Associated Press GARDEN GROVE – An unidentified tagger did tens of thousands of dollars of damage to the landmark Crystal Cathedral and its buildings, a church spokesman said Tuesday. Surveillance video first captured the vandal about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, less than a half hour after a church-hosted community festival ended in the parking lot, said Ben Rhodes, cathedral spokesman. The police do not believe the crime is gang-related, Lt. Travis Whitman said in a statement.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Church officials later determined that the tagger, who appeared to be in his early 20s, etched the symbol “B1R” into 11 locations on the church and its buildings. They included the Family Life Center, the base of the cathedral’s glass spire, a granite wall near the cemetery and the arboretum, he said. The marks were made on wood, glass, metal and granite, and repairs will cost at least $38,000, Rhodes said. Police were reviewing the security tape but have not identified any suspects, he said. “We don’t have any indication of what his motivation might have been or if it’s connected with anything,” Rhodes said. “We don’t know that.” The soaring glass cathedral was built by the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, who moved to then-rural Orange County in 1955 with his wife and began preaching at a drive-in movie theater. The cathedral’s weekly service is televised and beamed to millions around the world as the “Hour of Power.” last_img read more