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Police are searching for a man — possibly a KISS-masked man — who defaced two religious statues outside a Williamsburg church to make them resemble 1970s rockers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

Detectives are trying to track down the person who scribbled KISS makeup on a sculpture of the Madonna and child and knocked over another figurine at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on overnight on Tuesday — and they are working off of one major clue.

“We are looking for a KISS fan,” said Deputy Inspector Terence Hurson, the comanding officer of the 94th Precinct.

Other than the culprit’s familiarity with KISS, Hurson said his cops have no leads.

Pastor Joseph Calise told The Brooklyn Paper yesterday that many people have offered to pay for the repairs, and referred all questions to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.

The vandalism outraged parishioners and community leaders, including Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D–Williamsburg), who regularly worships at the Havemeyer Street church and described the destruction of sacred property as “malicious mischief.”

Councilman and sometimes bassist Steve Levin (D–Williamsburg) acknowledged that he prays at the temple of rock and roll, but said he could not condone defiling any house of worship.

“I have no kind words for whoever did this — they are in very serious trouble if they get caught,” said Levin. “They do a real disservice to rock and roll.”

A spokesperson for Simmons, the KISS bassist, did not return calls for comment. Before he donned his KISS makeup, the rocker attended Jewish religious school in Williamsburg at Yeshiva Torah Vodaas, which later moved to Kensington.

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Juan from Gowanus says:
Also, Peter Criss is from Williamsburg. They may want to inquire as to where he was that night.
Feb. 3, 2012, 1:49 pm
guysmiley from sesame street says:
glad to see the nypd are spending their time and resources on solving this heinous crime. no wonder they have no time to investigate hit and runs, violent assualts, sex crimes, burglaries, and murders. judging by the picture, it looks like this culprit used permanent maker. If so, that poor church now has to come up with 99 cents for a bottle of rubbing alcohol to remove it. how terrible.
Feb. 3, 2012, 2:27 pm
K. from ArKady says:
How many dsylexic Kiss fans could there be? Also, acetone. Wipe it off, and move on with life. I seem to remember from CCD there was this fellow who talked about "turning the other cheek". Can you practice what you preach?
Feb. 3, 2012, 4:02 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
I've got to say: the Catholic in me was riled by the vandalism, but these comments are hilarious.
Feb. 3, 2012, 5:05 pm
Malembi from BK says:
"A ——ing pen-a magic marker-a ——ing pen!"
Feb. 3, 2012, 5:32 pm
Tom from Bushwick. says:
I love this! This is art - not vandalism.
Feb. 3, 2012, 6:59 pm
J from NYC says:
God Gave Rock and Roll to you
Feb. 3, 2012, 11:14 pm
Idiots from Williamsburg says:
I love how all the comments completely ignore the "knocked over another figurine." Yes, 99 cents for some rubbing alcohol, but what about the graffiti on the other statues, and the statue that was destroyed and ripped off the WWII memorial.
Feb. 4, 2012, 5:43 pm
K. from ArKady says:
Well, do tell. It sounds like Mr. Short has left out a good deal of the story. Quelle surprise.
Feb. 4, 2012, 10:26 pm
Malembi from BK says:
Stretch out my dirty, black gash.!
Feb. 5, 2012, 12:04 pm
Malembi from BK says:
I want hot diiiick!
Feb. 5, 2012, 12:04 pm
guysmiley from sesame street says:
Idiots from Williamsburg says:
" love how all the comments completely ignore the knocked over another figurine." Well I can only imagine the costs and labor involved in "picking up the other figurine that was knocked over". You also wrote "and the statue that was destroyed and ripped off the WWII memorial." - i'm not even sure what that means......
Feb. 6, 2012, 7:15 am

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