Sharpsburg church break-in still under investigation
Police still are investigating a late December break-in at St. John Cantius Church in Sharpsburg.
The church, one of three in St. Juan Diego Parish, was the target of thieves who on Dec. 28 broke in the front door apparently looking for some items they could grab to sell quickly.
“They stole some microphones, which I guess they can sell easily,” said the Rev. Mike Decewicz, pastor.
The thieves made off with no money, he said.
“That was the great thing, that there was no money there,” Decewicz said.
Police Chief Leo Rudzki was not able to be reached for comment.
The pastor was out of town when the church, which sits along High Street, was targeted.
Parish maintenance director Jerry Auen discovered shortly after noon on Dec. 28 that the front glass door of the church was shattered and reported it to Sharpsburg police.
Decewicz said he is grateful that damage was limited to the door.
“Nothing else was ruined, which was fortunate,” he said.
St. John Cantius was founded in 1906 as a Polish parish. The current building was dedicated in 1971 after a fire destroyed the original structure.
While Decewicz still celebrates a weekly Mass there, the church has been used primarily as a home to the Korean Catholic Community since 2008.
Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at email@example.com.
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