STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Members of a Stroudsburg church are heartbroken after someone was caught on surveillance video vandalizing the property.
The pastor says a man broke a beloved stained glass window that has greeted parishioners for more than a century.
Leaders of Stroudsburg United Methodist Church along Main Street says someone made several attempts to smash the glass using a piece of wood and a can of ravioli. It happened Monday morning, and two days later, you can still see ravioli all over the ground.
Pastor Bob Shank shows us the damage done to the stained glass window, which was installed more than 100 years ago.
He says, “I’m disappointed mostly and frustrated, too.”
After hearing a commotion Monday morning, a neighbor called police and the church. When Pastor Shank arrived, he saw the protection glass and the stained glass both broken.
“These stain glass windows are unique in a lot of ways and very valuable and rare. So of all things to happen, it’s one of the worst that could happen I guess you could say,” Pastor Shank explains.
Church leaders say the person used a piece of wood and a can of ravioli to break the glass. You can see the ravioli still spilled all over the snow-covered ground.
The Stroudsburg United Methodist Church has been the target of graffiti before, but never anything like this.
“It’s just heart wrenching, kind of. It’s an iconic window for the church and it just made me really sad that someone would do that,” says Peggy Stewart, church member.
Temporary repairs are keeping the snow and bitter cold air out of the sanctuary, but church members wonder if the original features can be restored.
“I don’t even know if we can fix it. That’s the really sad part, is that do they even make glass like that anymore?” Stewart wonders.
The pastor says this is going to be an expensive fix. He hopes insurance will help pay for it.
Stroud Area Regional Police tell us they’re following leads, and this is still under investigation. The surveillance footage has not been released.