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Vandals spray graffiti on Racine Co. church

CREATED Jun 16, 2014

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UNION GROVE - Racine County sheriff's deputies hope you can help them stop a series of vandals who've been targeting churches, as well as Old Settlers Park recently.

TODAY'S TMJ4 has obtained surveillance video from one of those churches.  Although from the outside, it appears Union Grove Baptist has no surveillance cameras, they do right inside and they were pointed in the right direction when the villains struck around midnight on June 5th.
 
"We have video cameras here and over there," said Pastor George Schlagel.
 
But is it enough?  The sheriff's department has also been looking at that surveillance video, but it shows that the vandals went through great lengths to conceal their identity.
 
"We found graffiti on the front door of the church gymnasium, the front door of the church, and also the big garage door," said Pastor Schlagel.
 
Pastor Schlagel was heartbroken.
 
"We've just prayed over our building again and just asked the lord to protect us," said Pastor Schlagel.
 
The school and the church have been here for years, but never went through something like this, and they're not alone.  Several churches, including St. Paul Lutheran right down the street, have also had recent attacks.
 
"The large garage door also had satanic symbols and all kinds of graffiti. We just trust that it not continue, that the young people involved will realize that it's wrong," said Pastor Schlagel.
 
And if you think you recognize the two in those videos, you're asked to contact the Racine county sheriff's department.