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Vandals target local church

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 06:53 PM EDT

Police are asking for your help to catch vandals in New Cumberland.

Vandals broke into a church and used ketchup to paint a one-wordmessage on the floor: "Crusaders."

Police the vandalsbroke into the Arbor of the Free Methodist Church.

"Some kids had broken in and used a ketchup bottle to spell 'crusaders'on the kitchen floor," New Cumberland Police Chief Lester Skinner said. "They also dumped some hand soaps out in the bathroom, stole a computer monitor, a keyboard, a bunch of Legos and toys and things that kids would use and also stole some candy out of the kitchen."

But it's not the first time that police have seen the message.

"There was a van in town also spray-paintedat one time and we believe this has happened up at New Cumberland Heightsa couple times, spray-paintingsof 'crusaders'on things," Skinner said.

Police believe vandals got into the church by removing the weather stripping on the door. Police are also still looking for the vandalswho cut off the hands on the statue of the Virgin Mary that stands outside the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Cumberland.

The rash of break-ins involving churches is something that Skinner would like to see come to an end.

"It's frustrating because it's churches involved, they're all nonprofitand support themselves so any vandalism or damage done they have to come up with the money to fix that and replace the stuff that was taken," Skinner said.

Skinner said that if anyone has any information on this vandalism they are urged to call the New Cumberland Police Department, or you can call our anonymous Crime Busters Tipline at 1-800-862-BUST.

Vandals target local church

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