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Churches vandalized

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Contrary to belief, there are some people who are not welcome in God's house.

The Village Bible Church in Cherokee Village was broken into the night of Oct. 26. Cherokee Village Police Officer Jason Martin was dispatched to the scene the morning of Oct. 27.

According to the report, the only thing found missing was a wireless microphone that was worn by the pastor, four headphones with the transistors and some batteries. The rest of the mess was vandalism.

Two fire extinguishers had been discharged inside the church, according to the report. Sue Heinz, the pastor's wife, said the cleaning crew tried to clean up the mess but one of them became very ill from the chemicals in the fire extinguisher. Heinz said the church had to hire a professional service to clean the rest of the church which will cost about $20,000.

Heinz said the cleaning company has had to clean the carpets due to the chemicals as well as the song books and the heating ducts. "We will not be able to hold church again this Sunday because of the chemicals in the ducts," Heinz said.

"This is a very strange thing for someone to break into a church," Heinz said. "This is obviously someone low who doesn't care about God or what the churches are trying to do in our community."

According to the report there were lights, speakers, fans, pews, chairs and several other items damaged due to the vandalism. "There are no suspects at this time, however, we have requested the assistance of surrounding areas," Chief of Police Jason French said.

French said the department has started an information sharing network with other area agencies in an attempt to work with them in solving the case.

Cherokee Village has other cases of church break-ins in the summer which have not been solved. "This has really saddened us," Heinz said.

The Cherokee Village Police Department is asking for any information from the public regarding this matter. Call 870-257-5225 with any information.

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