Jun 13, 2013 3:22 PM by Donna Winnick, KSBY News

UPDATE: Suspects identified in church vandalism

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office has identified, but not arrested, two people responsible for the acts of vandalism at a Los Osos church.

The suspects have only been identified as two male suspects, an 18-year-old from Morro Bay and a 19-year-old from Los Osos. Both admitted they were responsible for the damage.

Over the last few years, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church has been broken into, had multiple windows broken, and been tagged with offensive graffiti.

On Saturday morning, the priest at St. Elizabeth was awakened by the sound of shattering glass.

Four of the church's 27-year-old stained glass windows were broken, as well as three other windows.

David Bresnam, pastoral council president of the church, stated, "I don't how you replace these things. They are just too unique."

This is not the first time the church has been vandalized, he said. In fact, Bresnam said this is the fourth time the church has been targeted in the past few years, but this is the most costly and offensive crime the church has experienced.

As a result of past damage to the building, the church has increased security in recent years, but the church now plans to install even more advanced security systems.

The leaders of the church were emotionally affected after the incident. "It doesn't sink in until you really look at it and see what the damage is. Why anyone would do this is beyond me," said Bresnam.

Authorities have confirmed this is not a hate crime.



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