Statue stolen from Filipino center

May 8, 2008 7:42:13 PM PDT
The NYPD is investigating the theft of a religious statue in Queens.Councilman James Gennaro says the statue of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila, a Filipino Catholic martyr and saint, was found stolen on Tuesday. He says someone chopped off the statue at the ankles and stole it from the San Lorenzo Ruiz Spiritual Center in Jamaica Hill, Queens.

He says the NYPD Hate Crimes Unit is investigating the incident. The councilman and religious and community leaders are holding a news conference about the incident on Thursday.