Vandals Target Star Valley Church

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The Star Valley Southern Baptist Church was hit twice last week by vandals, who caused $1,500 worth of damage to a glass door and several large windows.

The first incident occurred on the night of June 16, the second, June 18. Both times, the vandals used rocks to shatter the front windows, but did not enter the church.

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In two separate incidents, vandals shattered windows and the glass door of the Star Valley Southern Baptist Church last week. According to Gila County Sheriff's Deputy Bob Bonney, the vandals used large rocks to damage the church, but did not go inside. Bonney called the crime "appalling." The sheriff's office is asking the public to assist them in finding the perpetrators.

"Who would target a church? It's appalling," Gila County Sheriff's Deputy Bob Bonney said.

"Whoever did it went to the trouble of getting some large rocks that they threw at the windows," Bonney said. "They also unscrewed three outside light bulbs and threw them down and broke them."

Pastor Jim North is troubled by what has happened to the church. "We want to find out who is doing this."

According to Bonney, the vandals didn't attempt to enter the church even though they broke out the front door.

Gila County Sheriff's Lt. Adam Shepherd said he is unaware of any other churches being targeted and is encouraging anyone who might have information to come forward.

"We need eyes and ears out there," Shepherd said. "That's the name of the game."

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at (928) 474-2208.

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