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Vandal breaks 123-year-old glass windows at St. Augustine Cathedral

Steven Trejo
Posted at 12:31 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 22:46:32-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Police have arrested a man accused of breaking priceless glass windows at a historic downtown cathedral.

According to the Diocese of Tucson, the vandal broke 123-year-old glass windows at St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 N. Stone Ave.

The same vandal may have also broke windows at Marist Apartments, as well as three cars parked in the apartment parking lot and the Foundation for Senior Living van Monday.

Stained glass windows on both the north and south sides of the cathedral were affected, the Diocese said. Even though they were protected by plexiglass, the vandal was still able to break 8-to-12-inch holes in each one.

On Monday afternoon, the Tucson Police Department said they had arrested 57-year-old Steven Trejo for the vandalism. He is booked at the Pima County Jail on a charge of felony criminal damage.

Steven Trejo
Steven Trejo

Steven Trejo (credit: Tucson Police Department)

The cathedral was built in 1897. According to John Shaheen of the Diocese, the windows were made with patterned glass that could be impossible to replace.