Posted: Aug 18, 2013 3:39 PM by KBZK News
Updated: Aug 19, 2013 1:10 PM
A church break-in and vandalism incident was reported at the Mormon Church near Montana State University.
According to Bishop McGough, the incident occurred sometime between late Thursday night and early Friday morning.
He confirmed that black graffiti was discovered all over the walls and paintings inside of the church. The word "sheep" was spray-painted in numerous locations inside the building.
A window had been broken but the suspect was able to bypass a locked door to gain access to the church.
The Stake President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, David Heath, said he sent a mass text to his congregation on Friday afternoon asking for help cleaning up the graffiti and by 7 p.m., it was gone and services resumed as normal.
Heath said the congregation in that area is made up of college age kids who responded to his text to help clean up immediately. He also said it is important not to lose confidence in that generation.
This case is being investigated by detective Hal Richardson. He is working with the detective who was assigned to the previous church vandalism incidents.
While a connection has not been confirmed, the graffiti is very similar to what was discovered on the walls of Kirkwood Baptist church in April this year.
Less than a month after Kirkwood was hit, Holy Rosary church on Main Street was struck by vandalism- among the damages was black graffiti.