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Workers clean green paint from the organ in the Bethlehem Chapel at the National Cathedral July 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. A wave of vandalism continued to mar some of Washingtons more popular landmarks.The latest crimes occurred three days after the Lincoln Memorial was hit in similar fashion. On Monday, the light-green paint was discovered on an organ in the cathedrals Bethlehem Chapel, in the cathedrals Childrens Chapel and on the granite base of a statue next to the Smithsonian Castle on the Mall. DC police said Monday evening that they had charged Tian Jiamel, 58, whom they believe to be homeless, with one count of defacing property. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER        (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Workers clean green paint from the organ in the Bethlehem Chapel at the National Cathedral July 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. A wave of vandalism continued to mar some of Washingtons more popular landmarks.The latest crimes occurred three days after the Lincoln Memorial was hit in similar fashion. On Monday, the light-green paint was discovered on an organ in the cathedrals Bethlehem Chapel, in the cathedrals Childrens Chapel and on the granite base of a statue next to the Smithsonian Castle on the Mall. DC police said Monday evening that they had charged Tian Jiamel, 58, whom they believe to be homeless, with one count of defacing property. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Repair work is continuing at the Washington National Cathedral following green paint vandalism at two of its chapels.

Cathedral staff said in a statement Wednesday that a team of conservators is working to remove paint from the Bethlehem Chapel’s pipe organ facade, including the keyboard, wood paneling and the floor.

That chapel, along with the cathedral’s Children Chapel, was vandalized on Monday.

Photos: Vandalism Strikes D.C. Landmarks

Police arrested a 58-year-old woman, Jiamei Tian, who they say had a soda can of green paint with her inside the cathedral. Authorities believe that act of vandalism is linked to several similar acts in the city, including at the Lincoln Memorial.

Cathedral staff and conservators have been working to restore paint-splattered surfaces, and they say paint is mostly gone from the figures and lettering on an altarpiece.

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