Ohio County Church Vandalized in Fordsville
The Ohio County Sheriff's Office is asking for help, tips, and information on a case of vandalization at a church in Fordsville.
The first call the Sheriff's Office received on Wednesday was in reference to a burglary at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. A side window was broken with a shepherd's hook from one of the headstones in the church cemetery.
Several areas inside the church were ransacked, including the pastor's office.
Here's a complete description of the vandalization:
"Food and drinks were opened from the kitchen area and poured throughout the church. Thermostats from the HVAC units were damaged by pouring juice into them. Vases and picture frames were broken; holes were knocked in the walls. Items in the offices were taken from desks and thrown around the room. The women's bathroom had been used, Popsicle sticks were on the floor as well as spray painting on the wall. The fire extinguisher had been pulled from the wall and discharged inside of the church. The door to the crawlspace had also been removed from the outside of the church. The rear door outside wall light had been smashed with a concrete cinder block. A shed located behind the church had a master style lock pried off of the door causing damage to the shed. Other than food and drinks, the only other item believed to have been taken at the time of the report was a bible that belonged to a youth member of the church. The name "Grayson" is inscribed on the bible.
It is believed that the offender(s) entered the church on the night of 7/16 or the very early morning hours of 7/17. The next-door neighbor stated that at around 6:30 AM, he observed a smaller statured person walking north on Askins Road. He advised that they were wearing military-style desert camo clothing with a black backpack. Another person in the area that afternoon advised that there were two people walking in the area on Highway 110, just across the Breckenridge County line. They advised that one was wearing a black baseball-style hat, longer hair, maroon cutoff shirt (no sleeves and mid-section cut), and black shorts. The other was wearing a black shirt and black shorts. Both were picked up by a navy blue 4-door truck."
Any information or tips regarding this case, citizens can call the Ohio County Sheriff's Office at (270) 298-4444 or the anonymous tip line at (270) 298-4446.