A statue outside a Wasco church suffered substantial vandalism Thursday night.
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1129 Ninth St., reported on Facebook Thursday that someone damaged its Sacred Heart statue at about 11 p.m. Wednesday.
An image posted online showed the statue missing its head and arms. Pieces of the white statue were seen strewn on a pedestal below the statue.
A spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff's Office said Thursday afternoon the agency had opened an investigation of the incident.