Transient attempts to burn Virgin Mary statue
November 16, 2011
A transient allegedly attempted to burn a statue of the Virgin Mary at the San Luis Obispo Mission shortly after morning mass on Tuesday.
Surveillance video shows Daniel Pettigrew, 24, trying to start a fire at the base of the statue that now has black smudges on its face. He is also accused of forcefully removing paintings from the mission’s walls and damaging them.
The damaged paintings are of significant historical value to the church, however, a financial loss has not been determined at this time.
San Luis Obispo Police officers caught up with Pettigrew just outside the church. Police arrested Pettigrew on charges of felony vandalism of a church and arson and booked him into San Luis Obispo County Jail.