Are teenagers responsible for vandalizing a Wilmington church?

Reported by Lynda Figueredo - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is investigating vandalism at a church on North College Road.

According to the director of the All Saints Anglican Parish, someone vandalized the newly built memorial garden over the weekend.  It was built by area Eagle scout troops in December 2008.

The memorial garden and outdoor prayer area consisted of four benches and a wooden cross, but one of the benches has been stolen.

Father David Haines has posted signs in hopes of keeping trespassers away, but Father Haines said he discovered a book bag that belonged to a Laney High School student in addition to drug paraphernalia.

"It is very troubling," said Father Haines.  "I tend to place the ashes of those departed loved ones here."

Sheriff's officers were able to trace some of the vandalism to someone named, Derek, who left his name inscribed on a bench.

This isn't the first time the church has been targeted.  According to Father Haines, someone broke into their sheds a number of times, stealing all of their lawn equipment.

Someone also damaged a window when they broke into the fellowship house.

Father Haines said the church has recently spent thousands of dollars to put in an alarm system to try to keep their property safe.

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