Vandals are suspected of breaking through stained glass windows and throwing around library books at a church in Newport Beach on Wednesday, possibly causing more than a thousand dollars in damages.
Officers responded to Christ Church by the Sea -- located at 1400 W. Balboa Blvd., on the Balboa Peninsula -- after receiving a report of shattered windows just before 7:30 a.m., according to Jennifer Manzella of the Newport Beach Police Department.
It appeared nothing had been taken, and the incident is being investigated as a case of vandalism, she said, noting that the police report was not yet finished.
A teacher was the one who first discovered the shattered glass, according to the church's reverend.
The vandals apparently threw bricks and rocks through the church’s stained glass windows near the sanctuary and the office. Video from the scene showed multiple damaged windows.
One of the broken windows had sentimental value, as it was dedicated to a church member who passed away, according to Rev. Joy Price.
She said that the property's landscaping was also "ripped apart."
Although initially upset over what transpired, Price told KTLA she had the chance to calm down and now considers this an “opportunity.”
“It is an opportunity for a church to learn about forgiveness, and it is an opportunity to learn about how we can help our neighbors,” she said.
Price is sharing the story with the community in the hopes to prevent future such incidents.
The incident remains under investigation.