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Minors vandalize St. Michael

Erin Fenner

St. Michael Catholic Church was vandalized Friday by a group of adolescents.

Juveniles broke into St. Michael Church Friday afternoon and vandalized the inside of the building.

The cleaner for St. Michael, entered the building Friday afternoon to discover a mess that extended from the kitchen to the center of the church, Geronimo Gonzalez, pastor for St. Michael said.

Gonzalez said he was disappointed by what happened.

"It was really unexpected. I would expect something like this to happen in a big city," he said. "Nothing like that in Craig."

The mess was widespread, Gonzalez said.

Burned matchbooks littered the floor. Ceremonial robes were strewn across the church. Holes punctured the walls along the hallways. Couches were turned over and the back of one had a gaping tear, like somebody had kicked into it. Food was thrown all over the kitchen floor. Sacramental wine was gone and a wine bottle was broken out front. Sgt. John Forgay said there was even more damage that hasn't been released.

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While Gonzalez said the costs to the church should be minimal, it still put services off a bit for the weekend.

Most of the wine was gone, so communion services had to be cut back.

"We weren't able to offer the consecrated wine because we had very little," Gonzalez said.

Eight juveniles between the ages of 10 and 13 have been identified as suspects, Forgay said.

Some of their actions, like throwing around matchbooks, qualified as arson, Forgay said.


Erin Fenner can be reached at 970-875-1794 or efenner@craigdailypress.com.