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Vandal targets historic St. Peter's church twice with different masks

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Published: Oct. 7, 2019 at 6:07 PM CDT
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A vandal wearing different masks targeted St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Council Bluffs, the damage is not only disturbing because it’s a place of worship but also because of the history.

St. Peter’s was built in 1887 and is on the

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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.

Five windows were smashed in total.

Father Chuck Kottas lives at the church.

“He came by around 5:30 in the morning and rang the doorbell. It was lightning and thundering, so I thought the storm had set if off. I went back to bed. Then all of a sudden, I heard a crash. I thought it was a hailstone that hit my window and busted it,” Kottas said.

A witness came to the church to tell the Father and detectives what he saw that morning.

"I seen this guy in a white mask and red pants, and he had something in his hand, and I got scared," said the witness.

Council Bluffs Police are following that lead and hope to put a name to the witness's description and ask that anyone with information contact Crime Stoppers.

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