St. Peter's vandalism suspect arrested
Council Bluffs Police have arrested an 18-year-old they suspect of
Acting on a citizen's tip, Council Bluffs Police said they identified Tate Pilger of Council Bluffs, and arrested him Friday morning.
Pilger was booked into Pottawattamie County Jail on one count of second-degree criminal mischief, a Class D felony after police said that in Pilger's home they had recovered masks, bat, and clothing visible in recordings of the incident.
Early Sunday morning, someone started smashing the stained glass windows at the church with a pipe wearing a Jason mask from the movie "Friday the 13th." Later that morning, investigators believe the same person returned in a Frankenstein mask, smashing even more windows.
The historic church’s security cameras captured the incidents, and police released images of the suspect earlier this week.
Just in: @councilbluffspd make arrest in church vandal case. Tate Pilger, 18, is accused of smashing windows Saturday morning at St Peter's Catholic Church in CB. Investigators said they retrieved the bat, clothes and 2 Halloween masks shown in security video. @WOWT6News pic.twitter.com/BAzs3IiCXC— Brian Mastre WOWT (@brianmastrewowt) October 11, 2019