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Church damaged by vandals

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Some Pulaski County church members made a disturbing discovery Tuesday morning, vandals had hit overnight.

They even went as far as breaking off a headstone and then threw it through one of the windows of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in the Science Hill community.

Pastor Gary Evans says "you can imagine how you would feel if it were one of your loved ones markers. Its a sad time in our society."

Pastor Evans says it's hard to imagine why anyone would want to do this to his church.

"I'm not sure what their mindset is on anything like that."

When people arrived around 7:00 AM to work on a new roof for Bethlehem Baptist, they saw kicked in doors, broken windows and bibles thrown on to the floor.

"For some reason they took the fire extinguishers and sprayed that all over the church," continues Pastor Evans.

He says nothing was stolen but the vandals caused $2,000-$3,000 worth of damage.

"There's no houses near here that you can see the church from, so that makes it a target I guess."

The small church has about 40 members and does have insurance, but may have to use money meant for their new roof to pay the deductible.

Pastor Evans says, "it hurts your feelings. You would like to leave your church doors open like they tell you they did in the old times, but times have changed."

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department is investigating and ask that if you have any information to give them a call.


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