Woman Sought for Vandalizing Buddhist Temple in Santa Ana

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A woman was caught on surveillance video vandalizing a Buddhist temple in Santa Ana. (Credit: Santa Ana Police Department)

Police were asking for the public’s help Wednesday in identifying a woman caught on surveillance camera vandalizing a Buddhist temple in Santa Ana.

Surveillance video at the Hong Tich Buddhist Temple showed an unknown woman throwing glass bottles at statues of Buddha located at the front of the temple, according to a news release from the Santa Ana Police Department.

The temple had experienced eight incidents of bottle throwing in the past three weeks causing damage to the statues, the release stated.

The woman in the photograph was observed throwing bottles at the statues on three separate occasions during various hours of the day, according to authorities.

The incidents occurred between Dec. 16, 2014 and Jan. 6, 2015.

The woman was described as an Asian female between 25 to 40 years old, weighing 115 to 130 pounds and standing 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall with short dark hair.

Anyone with information on the identity of the woman was asked to contact Detective A. Gonzalez at 714-245-8732 or Orange County Crime Stopper at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.

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