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Damage is expected to be 'considerable'.
(Salem, Oregon) - Five juveniles were arrested Saturday afternoon after they broke into the Salem Bible Church, 4109 Center St., in Salem. Deputy Matt Hagan received the 2:04pm call from a nearby resident reporting that he had seen some kids break a window at the Church and go inside.
Upon arrival, Hagan contacted several suspects who later admitted to breaking into the church and vandalizing the interior.
Deputy Hagan found they had thrown a beer bottle through a rear widow and discharged the contents of a fire extinguisher throughout the building.
A cross was torn from the wall, spray paint used on the floors, the bathroom fixtures sabotaged, and articles throughout the church smashed. No estimate of the damages is available, but Hagan characterized it as "considerable".
Deputies were unable to contact anyone connected to the church, and they were concerned about securing the building to prevent further damage.
Assistant Manager Rod Hohstadt, from Home Depot was contacted and immediately dispatched some workers with supplies to board up the window. As a gesture of goodwill, Home Depot provided their services to make the repairs without charge to the county or the church.
The juveniles ranged in age from 13 to 14. They were released to their parents and will be cited into juvenile court on charges of burglary and criminal mischief.
None of the suspects were associated with the church.
Hagan learned that in lieu of holding the normal Easter Sunday services, members of the Church plan to organize a work party to clean up the mess.
News Release from: Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
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