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Vandals cause thousands in damage at local church

WAYNESBORO, MS (WDAM) -

Vandals targeted Waynesboro's King's Chapel church hours before the building opened for Sunday service.

Deacon Curtis Daniels said when he arrived at the church at approximately 9:45 a.m. Sunday he saw to be two large holes in the church's County Road 2 sign. The appear to be holes from a shotgun fired at close range. Daniels said when he went to inspect the back of the building he found the two air conditioning units were irreparably damaged after having been hit with an object.

"Whoever it was had to know that we was getting ready to have a big day because they did the air conditioning part and they knew that they were probably trying to stop service," said Daniels. "They assumed that if we didn't have air that we wouldn't have service. But we just put fans out."

There were tire tracks left in the wet ground next to the church. According to Daniels, the incident happened Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

In all, Daniels says the vandals caused approximately $5,000 in damages. Having been at the church for more than 50 years, he said nothing like this has ever happened.

Daniels said he has an idea who may have vandalized the building. "We've been having problems with several ex-members of the church."

The Choctaw County Sheriff's Department says the investigation is ongoing. If you have any information on the incident, you can call the Choctaw county sheriff's department at 205-459-2166.

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