St. Luke's Episcopal Church, along with the attached Bread of Life Food Pantry, were extensively damaged Sunday night by a transient that is now in custody.
Buffalo Police Chief Jason Carder said a call came in Monday morning about an open door at the food pantry and officers responded to the church.
During the initial investigation, Carder said clues at the scene led to an arrest.
Arrested was a transient, Glen Nodolf, whose last known address was Rapid City, South Dakota.
Destruction occurred throughout the church and food pantry, Carder said, and although it was the worst destruction he had seen as a police officer, he said, no dollar estimate on the damage was yet available from investigators.
Carder said Nodolf admitted he was responsible for the damage and also admitted he had planned to come back the next night and set the church on fire.
Carder thought the damage to the food pantry wouldn't prevent them from helping those in need, and he said, workers were there Monday and Tuesday to make sure food could be distributed.
Nodolf is currently in Casper undergoing a psychological evaluation, but will be back in Buffalo at a later time to face destruction of property and burglary charges.