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McHenry church vandalized for third time in 8 months

Statue beheaded, $15,000-20,000 worth of damage done

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 3:22 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 2:35 p.m. CDT
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(Sarah Nader – snader@shawmedia.com)
Pieces of the statue that was vandalized early Wednesday morning at St. Patrick Catholic Church in McHenry lie in the pastor’s office Thursday. The bronze statue of St. Patrick was pushed over in front of the church, shattering the head. This is the third time the church has been vandalized in the past eight months.
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Some time between Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning an individual ripped down a statue at St. Patrick Catholic Church, located at 3500 Washington St., causing the six-foot tall structure to break in multiple places.
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Some time between Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning an individual ripped down a statue at St. Patrick Catholic Church, located at 3500 Washington St., causing the six-foot tall structure to break in multiple places.

McHENRY – A McHenry church was vandalized again this week, marking the third time in eight months that the building was damaged.

Some time between Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning an individual tore down a statue at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 3500 Washington St., causing the 6-foot-tall structure to break in multiple places.

The statue of St. Patrick, which is made of a bronze and metal mixture, may cost $15,000 to $20,000 to repair, according to the church.

“It is the main icon at the entrance of our church, being that our church is named after St. Patrick,” Pastor Godwin Asuquo said. “It’s a very sad event.”

The broken statue is the third act of vandalism the church has experienced since June of last year, when someone also damaged the St. Patrick statue by breaking it at several places, including its fingers, which were found on the church roof.

A second attack on the church occurred later that month when vandals ripped the cross off the roof of the chapel. They also broke into and stole a locked box containing money designated for charity, among various other damage.

“We feel attacked for no reason,” Asuquo said. “Parishioners are completely devastated by these experiences.”

McHenry police said there is no evidence to support that the multiple incidents are related, according to Deputy Police Chief John Birk. The church does have video surveillance, which police are reviewing, Birk said.

“It’s a sad situation,” Birk said of the latest incident. “[The church] is right on the roadway. It’s so easy for someone to get to it … It looks like someone jumped out of their car, knocked the statue down and got right back in their car.”

Anyone with information about the vandalism is encouraged to call McHenry Police Investigators at 815-363-2599. People can also place tips anonymously at 815-363-2124.

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