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Vandals Break 168-Year Old Window At Church

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Photo Credit: Daily American Somerset

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SOMERSET, Pa. (AP/KDKA) – State police have been searching for a vandal who threw a large rock through an original stained-glass window at a 19th century church in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Police think the window was broken Saturday at the 168-year-old Christ Casebeer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincoln Township, near Somerset.

The incident happened sometime between midnight and 5 p.m. Saturday.

According to state police, the suspect or suspects got away unnoticed after breaking the window.

Pastor Dennis Doebler believes the church’s stained glass is insured for more than $1 million, but doubts the broken window can be replaced or restored to its original condition.

Police say the rock was about the size of a human fist and was thrown through a clear, exterior storm window but also broke through the stained glass window and landed in the sanctuary of the church, which opened in 1845.

The pastor doubts the person who broke the window realizes its value.

Anyone with information is being asked to call state police in Somerset at 814-445-4104.

Photo Credit: Daily American Somerset

Photo Credit: Daily American Somerset

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