July 12, 2013: ORANGEBURG, SC – Police report that they arrested Blake Hiscox 56-years-of-age today and charged him with 45 counts of vandalizing 17 area churches over five years.
According to Police, the arrest was made after a video camera recorded a man throwing rocks at a downtown church. Blake Hiscox could be sentenced up to 10 years on each count if convicted.
January 20, 2012 – Knox County, Teen – FBI has join investigation into the recent attacks of vandalism of churches located in West Knox County. According to officials, three churches have had their windows smashed. The churches are: Concord Original Church of God, Concord Presbyterian Church & Concord A.M.E. Zion Church. Officials have reported that nothing was stolen out of the churches. Police & FBI have not made any arrest. Pray for these churches!
January 10, 2012 – SPARTANBURG, SC – Spartanburg County investigators are searching for clues after a church was vandalized sometime during a five day span.An incident report obtained from the Sheriff’s Office disclosed that someone spray painted a picture depicting a “red pitchfork with the word ‘Folk’ underneath” in an area of Arcadia First Baptist Church. The report further states that an obscenity word was spray painted in another area in the back of the church.
During the course of investigating the crime, which is believed to have occurred between January 4 and January 8, deputies found another obscene word spray painted on the sidewalk in the back side of the church and the letter “D” spray painted on a fence post behind the church. A light bulb in the telephone pole outside the church was also knocked out, as well as a rear window of the church.
Members of the church started cleaning some of the graffiti off of the church following church services on Sunday.
January 10, 2012 – A church is facing some costly repairs from flooding in it’s youth center but it wasn’t rain doing the damage.
Police suspect vandals, and it’s not the first time.
Three break-ins over the past year. Ed Downs is the pastor at First Baptist Church in New Iberia.
“They broke in and got $25 out of our children’s program offering.” Downs says, “they give (that money) to missionaries.”
$25 is all the thieves made off with the first two times. This week, another break-in but they didn’t take money.
“They broke into our youth refuge center and when they broke in, they found no money.” Downs says, “but (they) did vandalism.”
The church’s Youth Director, Jennifer Shores says she woke up Monday morning to find the youth center overflowing with water.
A broken window with a water-hose going through it. Left on overnight, the water reached nine-inches in the youth center.
“We’re here to serve our community, we’re here to serve God and we’ll continue to do that no matter what.” Shores says, “this is just a stone in the road and we just need to jump over that and keep going.”
Police don’t have any suspects but Shores is praying for these break-ins to come to an end. After all, it’s hurting the children the most.
“We love our children no matter what, we love the people no matter what.” Shores says, “we just keep going.”
March 18, 2011 –
HOPKINTON, R.I. —
Vandals have caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to a Hopkinton church.
The destruction at the Babcock Presbyterian Church was discovered just after 5 a.m. on Thursday by police and firefighters responding to call from a passer-by who heard church alarms going off.
The vandals tipped over an organ and a new $8,000 piano, pushed over a baptismal font, sprayed fire extinguishers, destroyed furniture and threw sheet music and other papers all over the church. Wooden crosses and pictures were torn from walls.
Pastor Marilyn McNaughton called the mess an act of “extreme vandalism.” She said the culprits caused damage to every room in the church.
The 150-year-old congregation in the town’s Ashaway section has about 75 members.
Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the vandals.
Nov 12, 2010 –
Police say a 32-year-old Lake Worth church was vandalized with graffiti this week.
Symbols and profanity were spray-painted on Central Full Gospel Fellowship’s glass front door, brick facade and outside concrete walkway sometime between Wednesday night and Friday morning.
Church members discovered the vandalism Friday morning when they arrived to clean the inside of the building on Delaware Trail.
Collinsville police are investigating a case of church vandalism after someone spray-painted offensive markings on the front of the Gathering Place Church in the 2000 block of Keebler Road.
Church members discovered the vandalism just hours before Easter services, which also happened to be the first services in the church’s new home. The church purchased the building from the Collinsville Jaycees last month. Since then, an army of volunteers has been working day and night getting the church ready in time for Easter Services.
In the end, the church community did celebrate Easter. But only after an hour of additional early morning clean-up work on the church’s brand new siding.
Collinsville police say they’ll likely investigate the vandalism as a hate crime.
Authorities are investigating recent vandalism to a church in the southeastern North Dakota town of Gwinner.
The Sargent County sheriff’s office says vandals went into the unlocked Gustaf Adolf Lutheran Church, wrote hateful messages on pews, the communion rail and the altar, and spread feces.
Parishioners cleaned the church. On wednesday night, the church was hosting a cleansing and healing service.
The congregation also is offering a $1,000 reward in the case.
THIS TYPE OF INCIDENT IS BECOMING ROUTINE NEWS TODAY. WHAT HAVE YOU OR YOUR CHURCH DONE TO PREVENT BECOMING THE NEXT NEWS HEADLINE?
116 year-old steeple toppled by vandals
ST. PHILLIP’S, N.L. — A 116-year-old church in Newfoundland is without its steeple after someone managed to topple it.
It appears the steeple’s support posts were cut during the night and a nylon rope was tied to a vehicle that pulled the structure to the ground.
A resident said he saw three men outside the church early in the morning and heard “construction-type” noises.
Town council held an emergency meeting Wednesday and voted unanimously to seek heritage designation for the old church and to offer a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest.
LOS ANGELES — Vandals have scrawled blasphemous graffiti on a suburban Los Angeles church.
Los Angeles police says the spray-painted graffiti at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tarzana was discovered shortly after dawn on March 31, 2010.
It’s being treated as a hate crime by the multi-agency House of Worship Task Force, which includes local and federal investigators.
Detectives say there are at least 10 messages scrawled on walls and doors, including “Revelation 666,” “Satan Lives” and “False Messiah.”