Ellis Co. Sheriff Dept. Investigating Church Vandalism
The Ellis County Sheriff’s Department received the report of vandalism at St. Andrew’s Church at 2422 Hyacinth Avenue in Northern Ellis County.
According to the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department there was $505 worth of property lost because of the vandalism. Sheriff’s Detective Chuck White said that would be classified as misdemeanor criminal damage.
Former 110th District Representative Dan Johnson is a member of the church and he said when he and his wife went to church Sunday morning on March 17th someone had broken a window, furnace was broke, beer bottles had been broken on the carpet and walls and he said it looked like they tried to set a fire in the church.
Johnson said that while the church gets vandalized quite a bit this is the worst he has seen. They estimate that the repairs and the clean up costs at $3,000.
Detective White said because the church is in an isolated rural area, about 15 miles Northwest of Hays, there are not a lot of people around to watch the property or to report any suspicion activity.
Johnson said the church was built in 1934.