Toronto police are investigating after a vandal destroyed part of a nativity scene less than 72 hours after it was set up in front of Old City Hall.

Earlier this week, someone smashed a Plexiglas window and broke the head off of a lamb figurine that was inside the display on Queen Street West.

According to police, a passerby watched a person remove an animal from the nativity scene and drop it on the ground Tuesday night.

The act of vandalism was reported that night at about 11:35 p.m., police told CP24.

No one has been charged.

Gethsemane Ministries owns the nativity scene.

According to the Catholic group, this is the sixth time in seven years the nativity scene has been targeted by vandals.

“You see everyone gearing up for Christmas, a time of joy and peace, and this destroys the peace of many,” group founder Suresh Dominic told the Toronto Star.

The nativity scene was set up last Sunday.

Dominic figures it will cost $1,000 to repair the window and the decapitated lamb figurine.

“This is a deliberate act; it is not just vandalism,” Dominic told the newspaper. “I would call it hate crime.”

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