Vandals damage Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. church

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Police are investigating a break-in and vandalism at the Anglican Church in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T.

A press release from the RCMP says someone late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning got into the building and damaged several religions items. The release says police request assistance from the public to find the person or persons responsible.

No motive for the vandalism is known.

US congregation cleans up obscene graffiti from church walls

(Photo: Stateline Area Crime Stoppers)

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A congregation in Stephenson County, Illinois had to spend time cleaning obscene graffiti off of the church walls after vandals damaged the building in the late-night hours.

A sheriff’s office news release says the vandalism was discovered around 8 a.m. on July 14 at the Cedarville Baptist Church. The spokesperson said there were no other reports of vandalism in the area.

Investigators have not yet determined a motive for the criminal act.

Video used as evidence against man charged with hate crimes in US church vandalism

JEFF TURNER

Officers in the US have arrested a man for hate crimes after they say the suspect was caught on video smashing a window at a church before running off.

Video from surveillance cameras at Community Church of Christ in Queens, New York was posted to the police department’s Crime Stoppers twitter account shortly after the damage was reported.

Police say the damage was done Tuesday, March 8.  Video from the church and other evidence, led police to Tonnie Smith, 32, of Queens.  He has been charged with criminal mischief and aggravated harassment. Both are listed as hate crimes in the State of New York.

Criminals smash US church’s stained-glass window, steal altar Bible, cross

Janet Johnson-Tremblay

A congregation in the US has few answers as to why someone would smash stained glass windows and steal the altar Bible and a wooden cross.  The damage was discovered Thursday at the Handsboro United Methodist Church in Mississippi.

“Sad to report that the sanctuary was vandalized.  One of our beautiful stained glass windows was broken and the Bible on the altar and wooden cross Mr. Sam Krohn built were taken.  It is unfortunate that people have the nerve to do such a thing to a church,” says a post to the church’s Facebook page.

Pastor John McCay told MagnoliaStateLive that the items stolen were of, “great sentimental value” to the church. WLOX Television reports a vandal or vandals recently damaged other churches in the area.

Police have yet not determined a motive of the person or persons who damaged the church buildings.

Five church buildings vandalized in same Texas community

William Desjardins

Police in Texas are looking for a man caught on video vandalizing a church building. Officers in the US say the individual may be responsible for five additional criminal acts at buildings belonging to other congregations.

Security cameras caught video of a man inside the Missionary Baptist Church of Hughes Springs, Texas, where offices were ransacked and money set aside for a congregation member’s funeral was stolen. Nearby Turkey Creek Baptist church and New Colony Baptist Church had damage to their buildings that appeared to have happened in a similar manner. Two other churches have been targeted since January.

Police have not said why the vandals targeted specifically church buildings.