Church Vandals Cause Thousands in Damage

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KIRTLAND, Ohio --  Vandals caused thousands of dollars in damage at the East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, located on Chillicothe Road in Kirtland.

The congregation arrived for Sunday services and discovered the destruction.

Kirtland Police photos show plants and shrubs uprooted.

There was toilet paper draped over trees, rocks rearranged, broken picnic tables and railings, and a scarecrow on the roof.

“I can’t imagine how long it took to do all the things that they did,” said Mark Guizlo, Vice Chairman of the Church Trustees.

Police arrived and collected a lot of evidence but at the time of this report wouldn't comment on any leads.

Ironically, Sunday was a special day at the church. They were celebrating the “Spirit of Community.”

“Right after the service, everyone pitched in.  We had about 100 people here. We replanted everything and repaired all the damage,” said Guizlo.

Church members aren’t sure if the vandalism was some form of religious intimidation or just a destructive prank, but Guizlo has some thoughts on the matter.

“At first (I) thought there might have been some malicious intent, but we didn’t find any evidence of graffiti and there appeared to be no hate messages or anything like that,” Guizlo explained.

If anyone has information on the culprits they are asked to call Kirtland Police.

In the meantime, the church is looking into adding security cameras and extra lighting.