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Man Arrested, Charged In Connection With Brooklyn Vandalism Spree

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Police made an arrest Tuesday night in connection with a vandalism spree in Brooklyn.

Chris Papadimitropoulos, 55, is charged with multiple counts of criminal mischief as a hate crime and making graffiti.

Four houses of worship, including three churches and a synagogue, were among eight buildings targeted in Bay Ridge.

Statues, signs and doors were all vandalized with red paint.

Police say sidewalks, license plates and a bank were also vandalized.

Police say Papadimitropoulos walked up to an officer on Tuesday and made statements implicating himself in the crimes.

"It's not life, but it does affect life," said a Bay Ridge resident. "So you look at it with a certain sense of sadness, because something that represents something to so many different people has been defaced. And it's very sad."

"I'm heartbroken that people could be so cruel to our religion," said another.

"It makes me very sick," said a third. "It saddens me that there's so much evil in the world and that they would do something like that. That's just horrible. It breaks my heart, it does."

Some of the houses of worship were targets of vandalism in the past.

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