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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Thief steals donation jars from downtown Spokane church

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

It's been a rough week for Our Lady of Lourdes in downtown Spokane. 

Spokane Police were called to the church Saturday morning after they received a call of a man inside the church with a knife. Police say they already had a big presence in the area over the weekend because of Hoopfest, so they were able to respond to the call in just minutes. They quickly found and arrested James Meier, who is now facing a number of different felony charges.

You can see Meier acting strangely on surveillance cameras vandalizing the cathedral right after mass Saturday morning. He's seen damaging a priceless, 100-year-old marble carving of the last supper. He then attaches a 10-inch knife to the end of a cross before swinging it like a sword.

Father Connell with the church says its a church of the people and it's important to keep doors open to everyone. They are looking into adding extra security, especially between services when there aren't a lot of people around.

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That extra security might have to come sooner than later after the church experienced another break-in on Thursday. This time the suspect stole four donation jars. 

Frustrated church officials say they don't recognize the man who was caught on camera stealing, but they, and police, hope you might. 

If you know anything, please call Crime Check at 509-456-2233. 

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