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Clark County detectives looking for suspects who broke into church, drew satanic symbols

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The suspects also spray painted the sanctuary, church offices, Sunday school rooms, the kitchen and even a fish tank. The suspects also spray painted the sanctuary, church offices, Sunday school rooms, the kitchen and even a fish tank.
Police believe the vandals broke in through a Sunday school room window, which has now been tested for finger prints. Police believe the vandals broke in through a Sunday school room window, which has now been tested for finger prints.

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Teenagers are suspected of breaking into the Emmaus Road Church and vandalizing the property early Thursday morning.

"This was the first time we've ever had anything like this where it really seemed malicious," Associate Pastor Coy Sampson said.

Police believe the vandals broke in through a Sunday school room window, which has now been tested for finger prints. They stole a laptop, a guitar and the church security system. The suspects also spray painted the sanctuary, church offices, Sunday school rooms, the kitchen and even a fish tank.

"We have orange. We have pink. So that tells me we have two people--at least two people involved," Sampson said referring to the spray paint. 

Police found the suspects spent time on one of the church computers looking up pornography during their raid, but not just any type of pornography.

"Some of these were church-specific pornography websites, which was very odd," said Clark County Detective Scottie Maples.

Maples believes this is a hate crime.

"Almost every piece of graffiti in here was satanic in nature, with the exception of a few so, to me, that was the motive to come in here," Maples explained.

Police are asking for tips that will lead to the arrest of the suspects, who would be charged with theft and criminal mischief. It would be up to the county prosecutor to determine if this is classified as a hate crime.

Despite the strike to the church's morale, the pastor is practicing what he preaches: forgiveness.

"I wish it didn't happen. I wish he didn't do it, but there is hope. There is grace and there is second chances," said Sampson.

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