Seattle Police: Vandals enter church, smash equipment, light candles

Update: KIRO/7 reported on Monday that a cemetery on 35th Avenue NE was also desecrated Friday night when about 10 headstones were knocked over. See their report below:

Original report here:

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. (Google)

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. (Google)

The Seattle Police Department reported that they were called to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Wedgwood Saturday morning (March 15) after employees there discovered smashed and missing church equipment, an open door and trash thrown around the building. But before leaving the house of worship, and maybe in an attempt to make amends from above, the vandal lit several candles in the church.

From the Seattle Police:

Sometime between 7:30 PM Friday and 10:15 AM Saturday, someone broke into the church—located in the 8900 block of 35th Ave NE—smashed a 60″ flatscreen TV and a candle holder, knocked over trash bins and a flag, stolen a microphone from a podium, and left several candles burning.

After police were unable to find any smashed locks or broken windows in the church—indicating a possible break-in—church staff said it was possible someone had hidden in the church following services and waited to come out until everyone else had left the building.

Seattle Police said the case will be referred to detectives for investigation. If you have any information on the vandalism please contact police.