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Vandals smash stained-glass windows in Cumberland churches

Posted April 11, 2011

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— Vandals knocked out stained-glass windows in three Cumberland County churches over the weekend, authorities said Monday.

Members of the congregations at the three churches in the rural southeastern part of the county discovered the damage Sunday morning, authorities said.

Ten windows in the sanctuary of Peters Creek Baptist Church, at 13176 Peters Creek Church Road, and one window in the nursery were smashed, causing about $1,150 in damage.

"(There are) just things you can't understand about life. What kind of thrill would somebody get out of doing something like this?" said Earl Faircloth, who has been a member of the church for almost 80 years.

"It's like doing it to your own home. It's family. We're family here, all of us," Faircloth said.

Two stained-glass windows and six plate-glass windows were destroyed at Beaver Dam Baptist Church, at 4706 Beaver Dam Church Road, costing an estimated $1,175.

One stained-glass window was knocked out at Evergreen Baptist Church, at 9626 N.C. Highway 210 South, causing about $500 in damage.

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Rev. Odell Peterson, the pastor at Evergreen Baptist, said the vandals left a message in his church.

"(We) had a note that said, 'We're not sheep. We're people' and had a note that said, 'This is just the beginning,'" Peterson said.

Investigators have reviewed security video from one of the churches, which shows the vandalism happened at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, but they haven't identified any suspects.

Members of the churches said they would like the vandals to join their congregations so they could help them.

"Anybody who could do anything like that needs our prayers. They're sick. They need help," Peterson said.

Anyone with information about the vandalism cases is asked to call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500.


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  • Killian Apr 11, 2011

    Religion doesn't actually need to play a role here. Destruction of property is a crime, regardless of the type. It's sad, though, that these people felt the need to lash out in this way. I hope they're found and made to pay every single penny back in restitution.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Apr 11, 2011

    kdavis - "Well I guess we all know they are going to Hell unless they ask for Gods forgiveness and REPENT."

    Because of breaking a stained glass window??? Would love to see the Biblical chapter and verse for that.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Apr 11, 2011

    Awww, what a shame.

    Praying they find whomever quickly, before they do any more damage to anything.

  • djofraleigh Apr 11, 2011

    Why do some people hate those who believe, those who go to church?

    They must feel a kind of guilt or envy to display such hatred.

    What do such people believe in? Can they really believe in even themselves? They must believe in doing harm by destruction, in evil.

  • rosieandtoby Apr 11, 2011

    If I see them at my church which is Peters Creek Babtist Church or even see them I will do something not bad though I heard it was gothic people so keep them in your prayer. PS GOD will take care of it.

  • kdavis23 Apr 11, 2011

    Well I guess we all know they are going to Hell unless they ask for Gods forgiveness and REPENT.

  • dwntwnboy Apr 11, 2011

    While I'm no fan of organized crime- oops! religion- this is just senseless vandalism for the sheer sake of breaking something and hearing it smash. If you don't like the church- don't go to it. Seems simple enough, live and let live.

  • as400_guru Apr 11, 2011

    Let's see...if this was a mosque, muslims in Pakistan would be killing Christians AND the words "hate crime" would have been in the aricle.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Apr 11, 2011

    God saw who did it.

  • carroln Apr 11, 2011

    thats pretty sad that you cant even leave a church alone!I hope they catch these vandals and let the people of the community deal with them. Spoil the rod is a good start!