FBI agents are assisting in the investigation of a rash of vandalism cases at Roman Catholic churches in Camden and Burlington Counties.
About three dozen religious statues have been damaged at six churches in Cherry Hill, Mount Laurel, and Evesham over the last week. Local authorities have labeled the acts bias crimes, though the intent of the person or persons involved remains unclear.
The FBI's Philadelphia field office confirmed Tuesday that it was aiding South Jersey authorities, but a spokesman for the agency said the office had not opened its own investigation. Under federal law, the FBI could take over if the crimes were determined to be specifically anti-Catholic and not simply vandalism.