Reward offered for tips in Texas church vandalism

From NBC Dallas-Fort Worth

A reward is being offered for any information that can help deputies arrest the people who spray painted graffiti on a Parker County church.

According to Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler, someone used black spray paint to deface two exterior walls of the Friendship Baptist Church in Springtown Monday afternoon.

Images ranging from profanity, racial slurs and demonic symbols were painted on the south and west sides of the church sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Fowler said in a statement. The graffiti was reported by a passerby who noticed the paint markings.

"This is very troublesome," Fowler said in the statement. "It is disturbing when someone defaces a house of worship in a hate crime. This incident is at the top of the list for unspeakable acts."

Church members and volunteers scrubbed the paint off the walls after the damage was documented by investigators.

The same church was targeted in another incident in which someone placed rocks and gravel in the shape of a pentagram about two months ago, Fowler said.

he graffiti charge was considered a state jail felony because the targeted building is a house of worship and the damage was more than $750, according to state law.

Parker County Crime Stoppers is asking anyone with information that can lead to an arrest or indictment to call 817-599-5555, or see the online page for more information. All submissions remain anonymous.


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