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Vandals Hit Corridor Church
WATERLOO, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Plastic and tape cover most of the doorways and the sound of industrial vacuums fills the Burton Avenue Baptist Church. Workers in protective masks are everywhere, moving floor to ceiling to remove the fine yellow powder that covers the entire building like a layer of fresh snow.
Its what vandals left behind after they smashed through a glass door and into the church over the weekend, trashing offices, stealing computers and discharging seven fire extinguishers in a blizzard of that fine chemical dust.
Pastor Garry Moore says it just doesnt make any sense for someone to do this, Ive been asked why and there are some people who are sinners and don't realize Jesus is their savior and they are showing who they are.
Moore says from the security video it appears kids are responsible, maybe bored, maybe looking for drug money, nobody knows for sure. They tipped over an old safe in the church office, possibly in an effort to jar it open.
In a trail that stretches down the hall and all across the gym floor, two inch squares of blue tape cover drops of blood. Pastor Moore says it appears one of the vandals suffered a severe cut during the smashup and dripped DNA all over the church.
The pastor admits there is a moment when an incident like this makes everyone angry and thoughts may turn to vengeance, but he says thats not an emotion that lasts long among the caring people of his congregation, When they put Jesus on the cross he said forgive them father for they know not what they do. We quickly realized these are people we need to pray for. We forgive but in the bible there is also an element of justice which we leave to the police.
Pastor Moore says the security video is very clear and should be a great help to police in finding those responsible. In the meantime theyre asking anyone with information to call Crimestoppers.
Moore says its important to note some blessings have come out of the vandalism. He says their friends at Haggerman Baptist Church have been wonderful and took in the entire congregation for Sunday services while the cleanup began.