US agents investigating attacks against church buildings in Texas, reward offered

The FBI is trying to find out if four cases of church vandalism in El Paso, Texas are related. The latest incident happened Dec. 5. A criminal smashed windows at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.  Fire officials told the El Paso Times a small fire at the church that night appears to be intentionally set.

The church pastor posted on social media that no one was hurt.  He said federal agents are investigating the attack against the church as a hate crime.

Fernando Ceniseros, a spokesman for the Diocese of El Paso, encouraged anyone with information on the crime to reach out to the police, FBI, or Crime Stoppers.

“If you see something, if you know something or if you hear something we are asking our people to say something,” he said, according to the KVIA television.

The vandalism at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church includes the burning of a Bible, Satanic symbols left on church property and around $75,000 of non-specified destruction, according to a followup story from KVIA.

The FBI in September announced a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in previous attacks against church buildings in El Paso. Other rewards offered to help find the person or persons responsible bring the reward total to $15,000 for the arrest of those who are responsible.

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