Two teens identified as Los Osos church vandals, authorities say

tstrickland@thetribunenews.comJune 13, 2013 

Two of St. Elizabeth's broken stained glass windows. The Los Osos church has been vandalized several times in recent years.

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Two North Coast teens have been identified — but not yet arrested — as the culprits in last weekend's vandalism of a Los Osos church, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, at 2050 Palisades Ave., had seven of its stained-glass windows shattered along with three other windows around 4 a.m. Sunday.

While the teens have been identified, they weren't arrested because investigators decided to forward the case to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office for review.

“After interviewing the suspects, it was the decision of the detectives in the field not to arrest them because there was no public safety threat at the time, no hate crime involved and they were not deemed a flight risk,” sheriff's spokesman Tony Cipolla told The Tribune. “Typically, in those types of cases we file with the district attorney requesting charges be filed.”

Since no arrests were made, the Sheriff's Office can’t legally disclose the suspects’ names, the news release said.

The suspects are an 18-year-old from Morro Bay and a 19-year-old from Los Osos, who both first denied their involvement and later admitted they were responsible for the damage to the church, the news release said. Authorities believe no one else was involved.

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