Sheriff’s deputies in Indiana arrested the man they say is responsible for a string of church vandalism cases. Renzo Signorino, 20, of Columbus, Indiana, is charged with numerous crimes against congregations in Brown County, Indiana including burglary, institutional criminal mischief, and felony level theft. Investigators say his victims include the congregations of the Way of Holiness Tabernacle, St. Agnes Catholic Church of Nashville, and the Pikes Peak Church of Christ. A police spokesperson said more charges are pending.
According to a report in The Republic newspaper, investigators were able to file charges after they received a tip from an FBI agent who was investigating vandalism at a synagogue. The Brown County Democrat says the agent contacted investigators on August 19 after the suspect in the synagogue vandalism told authorities she and Signorino had previously targeted other houses of worship. Further investigation uncovered evidence that implicated Signorino.
A Sheriff’s Office news release lists the following charges as of Friday:
- Burglary – Level 5 Felony (Way of Holiness Tabernacle Church)
- Theft – Class A Misdemeanor (Way of Holiness Tabernacle Church)
- Institutional Criminal Mischief – Class A Misdemeanor (Way of Holiness Tabernacle Church)
- Burglary – Level 5 Felony (St. Agnes Catholic Church)
- Institutional Criminal Mischief – Class A Misdemeanor (St. Agnes Catholic Church)
- Institutional Criminal Mischief – Class A Misdemeanor (Pike’s Peak Church of Christ)
The news release does not give Signorino’s motivation for vandalizing church property.