The cost of broken windows

Pastor Gregg Rustulka stands in front of Open Door Community Church of the Nazarene. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald.

Gregg Rustulka’s Sunday morning routine is a little bit different from the average pastor.

When he arrives at the Open Door Community Church of the Nazarene that he’s led for roughly 15 years, the first thing he does is check for broken windows. If he finds one, then it’s on to search number two: looking in every corner of the church for the man responsible.

“It gets to be a little old after a while,” Rustulka says.

Open Door Church sits on 18th Street East, just south of Prince Albert’s downtown core. Given their location, Rustulka explains, theft and break-ins are inevitable. They’ve had everything from laptops to musical instruments stolen out of their church, sometimes with staff members still in the building. But these current break-in trends are a bit different.

Rustulka says the same individual is targeting them, and worries the courts aren’t doing enough to stop it.

“The judge has ordered him to stay away, from what we understand, but he doesn’t,” the long-time pastor says. “He shows up, he’ll sneak in the building or break a window to get in and that’s where he’ll hunker down for a weekend until somebody finds him.”

For the rest of this story, please see the Dec. 22 online or print edition of the Daily Herald.