This fence in front of the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Red Deer was damaged Saturday night. (Contributed photo)

This fence in front of the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Red Deer was damaged Saturday night. (Contributed photo)

Break in at Red Deer church

A Red Deer church was broken into this past weekend, RCMP confirmed Tuesday.

On Saturday night, one or more individuals gained access to the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Vermont Avenue.

The fridge was mostly cleaned out and two fire extinguishers were taken, but located a short distance away outside.

Two crowns and a cross were taken as well – one of the crowns and the cross were found outside of the building. The other crown is still unaccounted for.

“I was expecting even worse. When I was told about it I was expecting there to be some serious damage, but fortunately there wasn’t,” said David Hanson, a subdeacon at the church.

“After we put everything back, it looked like it normally would.”

Additionally, the fence in front of the church was damaged and a few doors also had slight damages.

Police indicated the incident did not appear to be hate-motivated and without any suspects or witnesses, no further investigation will be conducted at this time.

The church is gearing up to host its first in-person service in more than a year and a half this Saturday, as restrictions are lifted by the provincial government.

Hanson said he encourages anyone who knows anything about the break-in, to contact police.



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