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October 28, 2013

Vandals strike church a second time

This time century-old stained glass windows broken

MANKATO — A Mankato church has been hit by vandals twice since August, but the latest incident resulted in damage to its aging stained-glass windows.

Two stained-glass windows at SS. Peter & Paul's Catholic Church were installed more than a century ago, said Mark Frederick, parish administrator. Someone threw a brick, pieces of cement block and a rock through those windows and two other windows early Friday morning.

The thrown brick also damaged an elevator door inside the church, according to a Mankato police report. The estimated cost to replace the two regular windows is about $500 and the estimated cost to fix the elevator door is $1,000, the report said.

Frederick said it will be awhile before they know how much it will cost to repair or replace the stained-glass windows.

"We have called some stained-glass people to see what they can do," he said. "We have all the stained glass, but it's all in pieces.

"We don't have an estimate yet. They asked us to take some pictures and send them to them. We haven't done anything with stained glass in awhile. It could be a thousand dollars. It could be $3,000 or $4,000."

There are surveillance cameras at the church. The grainy footage shows a male wearing a dark shirt and light-colored pants, said Cmdr. Sandi Schnorenberg of the Mankato Department of Public Safety.

A similar incident happened at the church Aug. 17. In that incident 10 windows were broken out of the church's sacristy and Xavier Hall. A couple of the windows appeared to have been kicked in and bricks were thrown through the other windows.

Witnesses reported seeing a lone male in dark clothing in the area when glass was breaking. One of those witnesses called police at 2:30 a.m. to report the incident.

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