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Investigations Ongoing In Two-County Church Vandalism String


Repairs are just beginning for a Columbus church that is one of several vandalized earlier this summer.

Police say someone damaged a string of churches in Bartholomew County, including the Ohio Chapel United Methodist Church. Police believe the incidents are connected to several church break-ins in Brown County that occurred around the same time.


Vandals busted the windows, threw items around and set a fire in basement room of the Ohio Chapel. The church held their regular services outside or in the church’s vestibule while they waited for a contractor to make repairs. But now, the church will be getting a new coat of paint, new carpet and new windows, along with other smaller repairs.

Church Trustee Chairperson Christy Ayres says the experience brought everyone in her community together.

“As far as our congregation, it’s just held us tighter and made us stronger. It’s not waved us anymore, we’ve not waved our faith or anything, and we all know that things happens for a reason” she says.

Detectives from both Brown and Bartholomew County say the investigation is still ongoing. They say they have no solid suspects, but they have served search warrants and subpoenas.

Ayres says she hopes repairs will be done by the end of September in time for the church’s annual homecoming.

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