Buffalo police released surveillance photo of suspect.
BUFFALO, Minn. - The Buffalo Police Department say they have identified the man who is suspected of vandalizing area churches.
Police say they identified the suspect because of the number of tips they have received.
The man is not in custody, but police expect an arrest will be made soon.
Meanwhile, police have added another church to the list of those vandalized over the weekend.
Police Chief Mitch Weinzetl says stained glass window damage was discovered Tuesday at Buffalo United Methodist Church. Investigators believe the vandalism is tied to the other cases and probably occured in the same time frame as the other incidents.
The discovery pushes the total of churches targeted in the spree to six. Police say the suspect placed posters with "vile language" or did property damage at St. Francis Xavier, Zion Lutheran, 7th Day Adventist, Buffalo Presbyterian, and Hosanna Lutheran churches between Saturday night and Monday afternoon.
Buffalo United Methodist Church Pastor Jeff Olson says his church was closed Monday, but Tuesday, discovered the shattered stained glass in the sanctuary .
"This rock, the size of a softball, or a little larger made it all the way to the second pew. About 25 feet and it had gone over the drum set and the keyboard," said Buffalo United Methodist Church Pastor Jeff Olson. "So I thought it was thrown like a softball with a lot of force."
Pastor Olson says he believes it's an isolated incident, and is not connected to the upcoming Marriage Amendment as some have speculated, since the churches that were targeted span both sides of the issue.
"To me, it is somebody who doesn't have any social connections, doesn't process very well, to me it erupts and this is the only way to get it out. I hope he will see he needs to move forward with this and turn himself in," said Olson.
Weinzetl says another person saw the suspect at a church that was not vandalized, and possibly scared him off before he could strike again.
"I think overall, it's safe to say people are feeling a little uneasiness right now. Hopefully, in short order, we will be able to bring some closure to that by bringing the person to justice that is responsible," said Chief Weinzetl.
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