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Police have suspects in church break-in

The Greenville Department of Public Safety reported Monday that they received an anonymous tip regarding several break-ins that occurred last Thursday and now have two juveniles as suspects.

Sometime between the hours of 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 15, and 2 p.m. September 16, someone entered St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, and caused over $30,000 in damage. Approximately $2,000 in religious and other items were also stolen.

Police said that extensive damage was done to the sanctuary, food pantry, freezer, computer, copy machine and several fire extinguishers were sprayed inside the facility. Property taken included holy oil, wine, crosses and other religious items.

The vandals may have hit more than just the church. The Freewheeler Bike Shop and the Greenville VFW were also vandalized at about the same time.

Police said that they have recovered some of the stolen items from the suspects.

Anyone with info is asked to call Detective Obetts at (616) 754-9161.

Photos courtesy of WOOD TV-8

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