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Police allege hate motivated church vandalism

Police release image of suspect believed to have damaged the altar at Corpus Christi Church twice in July.
Police say this person is a suspect in a pair of vandalism incidents in July 2022 at Corpus Christi Church on Red River Road. (police handout)

THUNDER BAY – City police are asking the public to help identify a suspect believed to be connected to a recent break and enter.

In a release issued on Tuesday morning, Thunder Bay Police Service said officers were called to Corpus Christi Catholic Church on Red River Road at about 1:30 p.m. on July 29, and then again at 10:27 a.m. on July 30, where a male suspect had broken in and vandalized the altar.

Police said it appeared the damage was done in an intentional manner to disturb churchgoers and a subsequent investigation concluded the incidents were consistent with a motivation of hate.

With the suspect still at large, police have released select video surveillance to that appears to show the accused on, or around, the date of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 684-1200 and cite incident No. TB22050372. Anonymous tips may be made through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

The video can be viewed at this link:

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