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.
Bricks were found in the rooms where the windows had been broken. Frederick estimated the damage for that incident at between $2,000 and $3,000.
It was frustrating for church members to arrive at church and see the new damage Saturday and Sunday, Frederick said.
"They're upset with it, but we're doing what we can and life will go on," he said. "We just have to be vigilant and hopefully whoever did it will speak up and someone will turn them in. Normally those types of people can't be quiet."
As a result of the August incident, police officers have been doing extra patrols around the church at night. The surveillance video shows officers were checking in the area Friday morning about 20 minutes before the stained-glass windows and two other windows were broken out.
Even though the church has had similar damage done to it twice, Frederick said he doesn't yet suspect it is being targeted by a person or group of people.
A window was broken out of a car at a nearby apartment Thursday night or Friday morning. Police also responded to a report of a broken window at an apartment at the Downtowner apartment complex, 405 N. Fifth St., at about 2:20 a.m. Friday, which was a short time before the damage was done at the church.
The apartment victim reported she was sleeping when someone threw a piece of brick through her sliding-glass door. Nothing was taken from the apartment and no one suspicious was found in the area, that police report said.
"Eventually we will catch them or they'll just quit doing it," Frederick said. "It could just be someone on a drunken spree who feels like breaking out windows."