MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – A small Murfreesboro church congregation found it cleaning up broken glass after vandals busted out a side window.
The vandals struck just before daybreak Tuesday but were scared away by the alarm system at the church.
Another nearby business has also been the target of vandals, and now police have placed extra patrol in the area.
It was a restless night for Path of Life Ministries Pastor Billy Brooks.
“[I was] sound asleep,” Brooks said from his home in Tullahoma. “I got a phone call around 3:30 this morning.”
It was a phone call from ADT Alarm after someone had apparently thrown a cinder block right through a side window of the North Church Street church.
“It took the blinds down, broke the double pane window and shattered all over the floor. Glass was everywhere,” Brooks said.
Once the suspect got inside the church, his movements set off the motion alarm and he ended up going out the same way he got in.
Nothing was stolen.
“The moral fiber of our society is just in disarray; it’s in disarray,” Brooks said. “People just don’t have a conscious anymore; anybody who would do that to a church, you got to shake your head and say wow, these are the days we are living in.”
Jeff Stroop’s insurance agency on North Walnut Street was the target of vandals and burglars two nights ago.
“This window was broken out Sunday night,” Stroop said as he pointed at the boarded up window.
The suspect only took a book of stamps. Stroop later installed an alarm system.
“The wireless kind,” he said. “I installed it by myself.”
Exactly one hour before the church vandalism Tuesday morning, Stroop’s business was hit a second time.
The alarm system worked and scared suspect was away, but another window had been busted out, and is also boarded up.
“It’s disconcerting to know that, you know there is broken glass and people rummaging through your stuff,” Stroop said. “You feel violated to a certain degree.
Stroop and Brooks believe the suspect may have been looking for items to steal that could be sold to make a quick buck.
“He may not be a bad person, just a desperate person because desperate people do desperate things,” Brooks said.
Police believe both cases of vandalism are related. They have added extra patrol around the North Walnut Street and North Church Street area near downtown.
CrimeStoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. If you have any information about the suspect, call 615-893-STOP.