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Video: St. Mary's church vandalized

Man hurls piece of concrete through window, causes $2,000 in damages

A glass door and mirror at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church were smashed by a vandal early Thursday morning.

Surveillance video from the interior of the church shows a man walk up to an entrance of the building at around 1:30 a.m. on July 5 and hurl a piece of concrete at the glass door, shattering it to pieces.

A mirror inside the building was also damaged by the chunk of concrete.

The suspect in this vandalism is known to Father Peter Bodnar of St. Mary's church, though not by name.

"He walks by the church, through the parking lot at least twice a day," said Bodnar. "I don't know what happened or if he was on drugs or something, but he was obviously mad about something."

The glass door has since been replaced, but damages to the door and mirror cost the church around $2,000. 

This isn't the first time that St. Mary's has been the victim of crime; the building was broken into last November and a sound system was stolen from them.

"This is part of the neighbourhood that we're in unfortunately," said Bodnar. "We are always picking up needles from outside and there are always people walking around here at night."

Bodnar contacted Greater Sudbury Police Services about the incident and he expects charges will be laid against the suspect sooner than later.

"He lives in the area, we see him here all the time so I don't think it will take the police too long to find him," said Bodnar.

If you know the person in the video, you can contact Greater Sudbury Police Services at 705-675-9171, or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).