ACSO investigating church vandalism incidents

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By Stan Welch
The recent vandalism of several area churches continued last weekend. On Saturday, ACSO Deputy J.W. Norton  responded to New Mount Pisgah Baptist Church on the Old Greenville Highway, where he met Paul Ashmore who reported that five windows in the church had been broken.
Deputy Norton was unable to find any item that could have been used, and Ashmore said he found nothing either. Due to the lack of such objects, and since entry to the church was not made, forensic investigators weren’t called. Damages were estimated at $500.
On Sunday, Deputy I. B. Parker found a similar situation at the Wren Church of God on the Pelzer Highway. Parker made contact with Sam Pettit, who showed him six windows broken in the front and one side of the building. Once again, no objects were located which could have been used to break the six windows. Again, forensic investigators were not called. Damages were estimated at $300.
The vandalizing of local churches reached a low point last August when four churches in the Wren/Piedmont area suffered eight thousand dollars in damages. Deputy K.R. Thomason responded to Living Sanctuary Church at 201 Piedmont Road, where five windows were broken. He also found three windows broken at Trinity Point Church at 1938 Brushy Creek Road.
Deputy J.C. Smith found five windows broken in the education and fellowship building at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church at 2513 Brushy Creek Road. The carpet was also damaged and had to be replaced. Damage was estimated at five thousand dollars.
Deputy S. Napolitano found six windows broken at Life Springs Church of God at 405 Piedmont Road. In addition, the building was painted with graffiti.
All four incidents took place on Saturday, August 18, 2018. The total damage to all four buildings was estimated at eight thousand dollars. Anyone with knowledge of any of these events should contact the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office at 260-4400.