Adams police seek teen vandals who painted swastika, other symbols at church


ADAMS -- Police are searching for two suspects who vandalized the First Baptist Church on Commercial Street on Saturday.

Two males apparently forced entry into the rear of the church and spray-painted a swastika, anarchy symbol, satanic symbols, and more on its walls, according to Adams Police Chief Richard Tarsa.

A member of the congregation, who arrived at the church on Saturday evening to practice on the organ, saw two people, likely teenagers, fleeing the scene, Tarsa said.

One suspect was described as wearing a blue shirt and baseball cap and the other had a red shirt, Tarsa said, and both had curly hair.

The congregation member had noticed something was awry while at the church earlier in the day, according to Tarsa. When he returned at 6 p.m., he noticed candy wrappers and the smell of cigarettes inside the building.

"As he's looking around the building he could hear voices," Tarsa said. "He yelled out, and two teenage youths ran out the back of building."

Tarsa said the department is actively investigating the vandalism, given where it occurred and the nature of the symbols sprayed on the wall. The incident is not being investigated as a hate crime, he said.

"If anyone in the public has information regarding the situation, please contact the Adams Police Department," Tarsa said.

Tarsa did not immediately have an estimate for how much it would cost to clean up the damage. There were no indications that anything was stolen from the church, and there is currently no indication that a larceny of about $30 in donations earlier this month is related, Tarsa said.

The vandalism took place in a section of the church not commonly used during the summertime, Tarsa said.

Church leaders could not be reached for comment on Monday.


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