NEWARK, OH (WCMH) — Neighbors said the vandalism happened late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Spray paintings similar to that done previously on two area churches.
Vandals spray-painted satanic and vulgar words on the side of one church this time, the second time it has been tagged in a year.
Words painted on the New Hope Lutheran Church on Sharon Velley Road are too vulgar to say, written in conjunction with God, Jesus and Satan’s names for extra shock value.
A half mile away Newark police said they belief the taggers also sprayed politicians names on garages and walls, in one case using a Pentacle, the sign of the devil.
“It is just sad to see, I’m guessing younger kids are doing this. They don’t understand how much damage they have done to the property, especially when they painted block walls, it is going to be very hard to get off,” said neighbor Dale Voris.
One homeowner whose house was spray painted did not want to identify herself, but wanted to make her feelings known.
“I am very upset over it! I would like them to come in and clean it up,” she said.
Newark police said they are working to identify the vandals.
“Even as a misdemeanor crime this is something not only as a nuisance, but it is upsetting when you deface someone’s church where they worship or their home,” said Sgt. Clint Eskins, Newark police Spokesman.
Police have not connected it to spray painted symbols on the same church last July. Those vandals have not been caught.
“At this time we haven’t labelled this as a hate crime,” Sgt. Eskins said.
He said Newark has a curfew for teens; 14 to 15-years-old should not be out after 11 p.m, and 16 to 17-year-olds have a midnight curfew.
Police recommend these safety tips, leave your outside lights on at night. If you have outside surveillance cameras and you suspect a crime has been committed, share that with police. If you spot anything suspicious in Newark you can call 740-670-7200.
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