Vandals Hit Local Church with Graffiti

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BATH, Ohio -- On Friday night, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints off North Revere Road was vandalized.

According to police, someone spray-painted “666” on a wall right near the entrance along with two upside down crosses.

“Nobody wants to go to their place of worship and find something like this,” said Chief Michael McNeely with the Bath Police Department.

He said once they got word of what happened, they posted about it on Facebook. Not long after, they got their first tip. A woman claims she saw three males near the church late on Friday. She wasn’t able to give a very detailed description.

The chief thinks the case could be connected to another case that happened in the same area on the same night. In that incident, someone smashed a car window.

The suspects didn’t take anything.

"I think it was people with a lack of things to do,” he said.

He said whoever did this is looking at some pretty serious charges.

“It could be considered a hate crime, depending on the intent and the mindset of the person that did it,” said the chief. “It's a felony vandalism because it's a church. People would face 6 to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.”

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Bath Township police.

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