Blood evidence may lead CMPD to church vandals

Blood evidence may lead CMPD to church vandals

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on January 14, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 14 at 7:01 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are looking for the person who defiled a University-area church.

Over the weekend, someone broke the stained-glass windows of St. Thomas Aquinas and crawled into the sanctuary.

Church officials theorize that they cut themselves in the process and left blood on the altar.

"That is what we would call a defilement or desecration," said David Hains, a spokesman for the Charlotte Diocese.

The vandals also knocked over a cross that broke a display of the Baby Jesus. Shortly after that an alarm rang and the suspects ran out without taking anything.

Because of the defilement, a Bishop came out to bless the sanctuary.

"The Catholic Church actually has a writ that can be performed in a Church that essentially blesses the Church and kind of wipes out the desecration or defilement that occurred," said Hains.

Police may be aided in their investigation by that blood, if the suspect or suspects have been arrested before it's possible officers may get a DNA match.
 

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