Vandals strike church building

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The one-story building is all but obscured behind trees on a quiet residential street. It shares space with the Korean-language Evergreen Church. Besides the graffiti, the vandals ripped off a wooden door leading to the roof and threw it into a nearby drainage basin, removed a window screen and wrapped it around a wooden cross on the church roof at the back of the property and disconnected a green slide from the church playground. Pearson said he suspects that the vandals struck late Saturday. The church started suffering more minor acts of vandalism shortly before Thanksgiving. “It’s gotten the attention of the hate crime task force,” said Detective Daniel Zumer of the county Sheriff’s Department. “It can be interpreted as a crime against religion.” Anyone with information can call the Sheriff’s Department Hate Crimes Division at (310) 603-3100. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA CRESCENTA – What began around Thanksgiving with broken sprinkler heads at a local church escalated Tuesday into a full-blown vandalism case that could qualify as a hate crime, sparking a local politician to offer a $10,000 reward. Members of Gethsemane Lutheran Church found “GOD IS GAY” and satanic symbols spray-painted on the roof of the building at 2723 Orange Ave. The vandals also broke playground equipment, a door and two screens. “My own personal feeling is that it was probably just kids thinking they’re funny or having fun or something,” the Rev. Charles Pearson said. “But there are instances in history where people thought they were just having fun and it was acts of hate.” In response to the vandalism, county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Investigators are treating the vandalism as a hate crime. last_img

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