Man steals crucifix from Ashwaubenon church, uses it as weapon

Vandalism suspect and car
Security photos of vandalism suspect at Nativity of Our Lord church in Ashwaubenon and suspect car (via Ashwaubenon Public Safety).

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WBAY) -- Officers are searching for a crucifix-wielding man who smashed a digital sign outside a local television station.

Ashwaubenon Public Safety officers were called to Nativity of Our Lord Church on S. Oneida Street Friday morning for the report of a man inside the church who was "acting bizarre."

Police say the man sat at a piano, lit a cigarette, and asked to see clergy. His face was covered.

The man stole a large crucifix and left the church. He drove off in a small blue car. Police believe it is a Ford Focus or a Ford Fusion.

A short time later, police were called to the Fox 11 building on Lombardi Avenue. The man was using the crucifix to smash a sign in front of the station.

The man ran off across Lombardi Ave and through a yard. He drove off in his blue car.

Police believe the suspect is 25-30 years old.

Police were called to the church at 8:45 a.m.

If you have any information on this man, call Ashwaubenon Public Safety at 920-492-2995.

To remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at (920)-432-STOP.

Officials told our Andrea Hay that churches have become a target for criminals. She'll have full reports tonight.

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