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Santa Cruz Catholic Church vandalized

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A historic Tucson church was vandalized last week, and authorities say the culprit is still at large.

Leaders at the Santa Cruz Catholic Church say someone trespassed on church grounds Thursday. A statue and cross were damaged, and a stained glass window was broken.

“It's vandalism, pure and simple,” said the church’s pastor, Father Stephen Watson. “The motive we don't know. [It’s] just some very angry and disturbed person. And we do not know who that person is.”

Father Stephen said the timing of the vandalism is especially unfortunate, as the church gears up for its 100th anniversary.

“The church is on the National Register of Historic Places. So we want to make sure it's in good shape for next year's celebration,” he said. “But it's going to take a lot of expertise and dedication to fix the stained glass window. And that could be thousands of dollars.”

A police report has been filed, and anyone with information is urged to call 8-8-CRIME. All tips can remain anonymous.

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