Police have arrested a teenager in connection to a church vandalism.
The incident happened at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Thomas Township about 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 29.
Thomas Township police responded to the scene and found 17-year-old Sky Noble outside the church, police said.
Noble allegedly spray-painted over pictures of priests and bishops in the church, police said.
"I was angry when I first saw it, very angry," Father Peter Gaspeny said.
Police said Noble also spray-painted explicit content on windows and discharged fire extinguishers in the church.
"Almost like a bag of flour just exploded and covered every surface in the room," Gaspeny said.
Noble was arraigned on Aug. 31 for petty theft and destroying property in a building resulting in more than $1,000 in damage.
Gaspeny said Noble was involved in Holy Cross Children's Services, an organization that helps troubled teens. He said after learning more about Noble's situation he is less angry and feels sorry for him.
"You've had a lot of tough life. I don't understand this particular response. What you were trying to tell us, but I'm gonna keep praying for you," Gaspeny said.
After non-stop cleaning for the past few days, the parish offices are almost good as new once again. They still have to replace a few photos and cover up the remains of any graffiti they can't scrub off the brick.
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