St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood

NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – A landmark Roman Catholic church was vandalized overnight in North Hollywood, authorities said Wednesday, July 25.

The vandalism at St. Charles Borromeo Church at Lankershim Boulevard and Moorpark Street was discovered about 4:45 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

Investigators are seeking the suspect or suspects, who caused “extensive” damage to the interior of the church, the LAPD reported. The damage was estimated in the thousands of dollars, and included broken windows.

The multi-agency House of Worship Task Force was involved in the investigation, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Firefighters sent to the location on a report of a rubbish fire outside the building extinguished the flames, saw an open door, discovered the vandalism inside the building and notified police, the LAFD reported. A fire also was reported in a trash container in the general area.

Roger Mahony, who retired as archbishop of the Los Angeles diocese in 2011, resides on the campus of St. Charles Borromeo Church.