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Local Baptist church vandalized by thieves, pastor says

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local pastor says his church was vandalized by thieves.

The incident happened this past weekend at Sun Valley General Baptist Church, off Lower River Road.

"Somebody has no respect for anybody, especially God. And to break into God's house to me is an abomination," said Charles Short, a Deacon at the church.

Someone broke a window at the church and even kicked in a door.

Pastor Clay Collins says when church members arrived, the building was a mess.

"It broke their hearts when they got here-they were crying because it was just a shock. It's just like you violated our own house," said Collins.

The speakers in the sanctuary were gone and items were thrown across the floor.

On top of the vandalism, paper towels, plates, cups and toilet paper were snatched.

Five-hundred dollars in cash was also taken. It was going to be used for a big event in April at the church.

"We're looking for about 100-200 people coming and it was a great, great thing for us, but we were putting money aside to start saving now so we could feed them all. And they took that money," said Collins.

For the most part, the building has been cleaned up.

Collins says he gets emotional when talking about impact this has had on the congregation.

"We'd give you anything you need if we had it -- we're gonna do that -- but to just come and take it from us, I don't understand that. It just amazes me," said Collins.

This isn't the first time that this church has been vandalized. A few months ago, it was the outdoor sign that was hit.

"They had the upside down cross and '666' painted on it. It happened to several places up and down the street here," said Short.

Church members are fed up and say enough is enough when it comes to the crimes.

"It will be on our minds for quite sometime," said Short.

In this place that's holy, they're lifting up prayers for the people involved.

"The church forgives them. We had prayer for them yesterday -- that God would help them -- but we also had prayer they'd get caught," said Collins.

Police were called to the church on Sunday to investigate, and church members are hoping anyone with information will come forward.

Total, the Pastor believes the thefts and vandalism are costing the church between $7,000 to $8,000. 

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