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Juvenile charged in connection with third vandalism at McHenry church

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 12:25 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 11:11 p.m. CDT
(Sarah Nader- snader@shawmedia.com)
Pieces of the statue that was vandalized early Wednesday morning at St. Patrick's Church in McHenry lays in the pastors office Thursday, February 6, 2014. The bronze statue of St. Patrick was pushed over in front of the church shattering the head off the statue. This is the third time the church has been vandalized in the past eight months.

McHENRY – Police have now charged a 17-year-old male with damaging a McHenry church last week, linking the juvenile to all three acts of vandalism that have occurred at the church since June.

On Feb. 7, the individual was charged in Juvenile Court in relation to two previous incidents of vandalism on June 9 and July 3 of last year at St. Patrick Catholic Church in McHenry.

The new charges were filed as the result of an ongoing investigation into the three incidents of vandalism. The last charge stems from when the St. Patrick statue was broken Feb. 5, causing more that $10,000 in damage, according to a McHenry Police Department news release.

St. Patrick Catholic Church has started a fund to help restore the statue. Visit restorestpatricksstatue.com for information or to make a donation.

An earlier incident on June 9 also involved damage to the statue and the exterior of the church.

After the second incident, which occurred July 3, police found damage to both the interior and exterior of the church. Light posts, air conditioning units, a picture and a window also were damaged. Items also were stolen from inside the church.

All told, the juvenile is charged with two counts of criminal damage to a place of worship, two counts of theft from a place of worship, one count of burglary to a place of worship, and one count of criminal damage over $10,000 to a place of worship.

The offender was processed by McHenry police and transported to the Kane County Juvenile Detention Facility without incident, according to the release.

He is scheduled to appear in McHenry County Juvenile Court on Friday.

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