Nativity Scenes Vandalized in Huntington Beach

Two vandalism incidents were reported at Nativity scenes on Sunday in Huntington Beach

By Janet Kwak and Jason Kandel
|  Monday, Dec 24, 2012  |  Updated 10:07 PM PDT
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Someone scrawled Nazi symbols and put a Hitler mustache on the face of a baby Jesus and defaced the wise men at Nativity scenes of a church and a home in Huntington Beach, just two days before Christmas. Janet Kwak reports for the NBC4 Late News on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.

Someone scrawled Nazi symbols and put a Hitler mustache on the face of a baby Jesus and defaced the wise men at Nativity scenes of a church and a home in Huntington Beach, just two days before Christmas. Janet Kwak reports for the NBC4 Late News on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.

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Vandals Target Nativity Scenes

Police were looking for vandals who scrawled Nazi symbols and male genitalia on props of a Nativity scene at a church and a home within three blocks of each other. Janet Kwak reports from Huntington Beach for the NBC4 Evening News on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.
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Police on Sunday were searching for the person or people responsible for vandalizing Nativity scenes at a Catholic church and a home in Huntington Beach.

Someone misspelled "Hail (sic) Hitler" and drew a Hitler mustache on the baby Jesus outside a home in the 16000 block of Woodstock Lane, police said. They also put a Nazi symbol on one of the wisemen likely with a black Sharpie pen.

Homeowner Richard Candlish reported it to police and cleaned up the scene he said he spent a month putting up.

"It probably took less than 15 minutes for someone just to deface all of it," he said.

The case followed another one in which similar scrawlings were found about three blocks away on a Nativity scene at Saint Bonaventure Catholic Parish. Parishoners called police at 9 a.m. to report the vandalism.

Parishoner Max Periolat, 10, said he was offended.

"Who would do such a thing?" he said. "If I saw them I would give them a whopper."

Police said they were investigating.

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