Vandals target Longmont churches, schools, other places

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LONGMONT, Colo. -- Vandals are causing damage in Longmont and police need help solving the cases.

Churches, schools, funeral homes, cars and other vehicles have been targeted in recent weeks, the Longmont Police Department said.

The string of vandalism seems to have begun at First Lutheran Church in the 800 block of Third Avenue when a sign was damaged.

That incident was followed by several others. Another sign and several painted glass windows at the church were destroyed, baffling members of the congregation.

“They weren’t just windows,” Pastor Paul Judson said. “They were all donated by a family. There's a brass plaque by every window mentioning a memorial or a gift in some behavior. They were sacred.”

The church wasn’t the only building targeted.

Police said several windows at the Ahlberg Funeral Chapel were destroyed. A nearby statue of a goose outside the Longmont Times-Call building was also knocked over. Windows at several schools have been smashed, and several homes and vehicles have been damaged.

A witness got a look at a man police believe might be behind at least some of the vandalism and they said it’s just a matter of time until he’s caught.

“It's difficult to catch these people, but at one point they're going to turn up on a camera. They're going to walk by a business and we're going to capture them on video,” Longmont police Det. Jeff Satur said.

Judson is among those who want to see the vandalism end. More important, however, he wants to know why it’s happening.

“We'd like the guy to come inside and talk to us. If there’s an issue or problem, we're a people who like to help. That's what we're about,” he said.

A witness gave a description of the suspect who damaged the Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. He's described as a skinny man, about 6-foot. He was wearing dark clothing, a hoodie and glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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