Authorities identify suspects in local church vandalism case

On Monday July 6 at 7:45 a.m., Alamance County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Moore’s Chapel Baptist Church at 5750 Church Rd. Graham, NC to investigate damage to the Church and a Church van. The Church is located in the community of Saxapahaw, south of Graham. Through evidence collected along video surveillance and with assistance from the community, three suspects were developed. On Tuesday July 7, 2020, CID detectives interviewed the suspects who admitted to the crimes.

On Monday July 6 at 7:45 a.m., Alamance County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Moore’s Chapel Baptist Church at 5750 Church Rd. Graham, NC to investigate damage to the Church and a Church van. The Church is located in the community of Saxapahaw, south of Graham.

On arrival, Deputies observed a Church van spray painted with vulgarity, the windshield shattered and all tires slashed. Deputies entered the fellowship hall and discovered extensive damage to the interior including holes in sheetrock walls, continued vulgarity spray painted on the interior walls. Food items and condiments were strewn across the floors and air conditioning ductwork was discovered punctured. 

Damage is estimated at to be over $20,000. The amount could be higher after insurance appraisals and estimates to repair the damage. Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) along with Criminal Investigation Division (CID) arrived to process the scene.

Through evidence collected along video surveillance and with assistance from the community, three suspects were developed. On Tuesday July 7, 2020, CID detectives interviewed the suspects who admitted to the crimes.

Detectives will seek juvenile petitions against each of the three for:

2 counts - Felony Breaking & Entering

1 count -  Felony Destruction of Church Property

1 count - Misdemeanor Injury to Personal Property (Van)

Additional charges may be forthcoming.