By: KDKA-TV News Staff
DERRY, Pa. (KDKA) — A Catholic church community in Westmoreland County is on edge and looking for answers after several acts of vandalism.READ MORE: 100-Foot Slides At Mammoth Park To Reopen This Week
Father Sam Lamendola of St. Joseph Parish in Derry said there have been five break-ins at the church since Halloween. It began with broken windows, and then someone got into the church.
Someone toppled statues, broke glass, and knocked candles to the ground, Lamendola said. Police are investigating, but so far they have no solid leads.READ MORE: Assistant Marching Band Director At Pennsylvania High School Charged With Distributing And Possessing Child Porn
Father Lamendola said the church feels violated.
“We renounce destruction and violence. And to see the hand of destruction or violence in our church is hard to process,” said Father Lamendola. “At this point, I’m praying for guidance between justice and mercy.”MORE NEWS: Pennsylvania Lawmaker Introduces Bill That Makes It Illegal For Any Employer To Require Workers To Be Vaccinated
Father Lamendola said the church is looking at installing surveillance cameras and a security system.