Vandals target Catholic church

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This image of a suspect in the vandalism and thefts at Sacred Heart Cathedral was captured by a security camera and released to the public by Knoxville Police Department officials. (Source: KPD)

Authorities are asking for the public’s help identifying three people who allegedly damaged Sacred Heart Cathedral in West Knoxville.

The trio of suspects drove to the Catholic church on Northshore Drive in a red or maroon SUV between 1:55 a.m. and 2:55 a.m. On Thursday, November 3, according to Knoxville Police Department officials. 

They then “proceeded to steal decorations, statues and chairs from the church and destroy other decorations and equipment,” KPD officials said. 

Several photos — apparently captured by security cameras — were released that show the suspects at or near the scene.

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to contact East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers at 865-215-7165 or online at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible to receive a cash reward.

Published on November 7, 2022.