BUTLER CITY (KDKA) – Police are trying to track down the person who broke into a Butler City church and damaged it.

It happened Saturday night at St. Paul’s Catholic Church on North McKean Street around 9 p.m.

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Officials say nothing was stolen, but the suspect broke into some of the rooms and caused damage to the church.

“I think it’s awful,” said Jeff Thompson. “There’s obviously a lot of people looking for drug money and things right now and they’re resorting to desperate measures.”

He wasn’t the only one who felt that way.

“A church, exactly, I don’t know,” said Diane McCallister. “It’s because of these stupid drugs around this town, that’s all it is.”

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Police also released surveillance images of the suspect outside the church right before the break-in.

The diocese says the suspect broke in through a side door and only caused minor damage.

“It’s much like a situation in a home,” said Fr. Ron Lengwin. “You feel in some way that you’ve been violated. But at the same time, there’s was no real harm.”

Police say the suspect never got into the actual church where the sacred items are stored.

Butler Police are hoping surveillance footage will help them identified the suspect.

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