Police in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom are looking for tips that can help them catch a church vandal.
Someone hurled an empty malt liquor bottle through a stained-glass window at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Lowell, leaving shards of broken glass on the floor and some pews inside.
The damage was reported Saturday afternoon.
The parish priest told necn affiliate NBC 5 News that he doesn’t know why anyone would do this—whether it was some sort of attempt at a prank, or something worse.
No matter the motive, the damage brought stress and disappointment to the church community, especially since it happened so close to Easter.
St. Ignatius said it expects it’ll have to cover the first $500 in damage costs, with insurance kicking in if repairs are more expensive than that.
The church was working Tuesday on assessing damage and reporting estimates to start the repair process.
"The best resolution is for the person to come and introduce themselves," Rev. Timothy Naples told NBC 5 News. "Just the handshake and the introduction and the offer to pay is more than restitution for what's been done here."
Vermont State Police at the barracks in Derby would like to hear from anyone who might have seen anything suspicious outside the church this past weekend.