Cracks show in one of the windows damaged Aug. 26 by a vandal. Police have arrested a suspect. (Ed Langlois/Catholic Sentinel)
Cracks show in one of the windows damaged Aug. 26 by a vandal. Police have arrested a suspect. (Ed Langlois/Catholic Sentinel)

UPDATED SEPT. 7, 11:47 A.M.

Beaverton police on Aug. 30 arrested a suspect in an Aug. 26 spree that left six stained-glass windows broken at St. Cecilia Church here.

Security footage captured the image of a man who spent time near the parish center food pantry door before coming to the church at about 2:50 a.m. There, he picked up a statue of the Virgin Mary, broke it and used the pieces to smash ground level windows. The colorful panes had images of plants as opposed to holy or divine persons. A second statue was destroyed.

The man left no graffiti or any other indication that the vandalism was caused by anti-church sentiment.

“There is no evidence that someone was mad at the church,” said Shelly Schultheis, St. Cecilia’s business manager.

Staff believe the act may be a result of mental illness, a theory on which police concur. 

“No indication according to the arresting officer that there's any malicious intent towards Catholics or the Catholic Church,” said Officer Matt Henderson, spokesman for the Beaverton Police. “It sounds like it was a mental health issue or likely a mental health or drug related issue.”

The man was charged with first degree criminal mischief, released and ordered to return to court. 

The windows, each about three square feet, were in a portion of the church added in 1957.

The cost of repair and replacement is estimated at about $30,000.