POLICE: Chicago’s oldest churches damaged, authorities seek suspects

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Near the West Side, police are searching for a group of vandals who broke into Holy Family Catholic Church and damaged their historic stained glass.

On Tuesday, Dec. 12th – a WGN9 reported that the pastor of the church said the vandal scaled a tree and used a brick to smash through the historic stained glass.

According to the news outlet, the pastor suspected the group was searching for money but thankfully, the would-be thieves did not get away with anything.

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But the vandals did do significant damage to the window which dates back to the 1860s when the church was built according to WGN9.

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The news outlet reports the church had survived Chicago fire as well as a demolition back in the 1980s and is Holy Family second oldest church — recently celebrating 160 years.

According to the news outlet, the pastor reports a restoration company plans to repair the stained glass but the church is still awaiting an estimate.

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