Ohio County church heavily damaged by vandals

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OHIO COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) — An Ohio County Church has been burglarized and the interior of the building substantially damaged.

The Ohio County Sheriffs Office says the suspects entered Pleasant Grove Church on Askins Road, Tuesday night or very early on Wednesday.

Deputies say the vandals entered the church through a window by using a shepherd’s hook from the cemetery.

The offenders ransacked the building, deputies say, and destroyed several items.

Some of the damage sustained at Pleasant Grove Church. Photo courtesy Ohio County Sheriffs Department

Deputies say drinks taken from the kitchen were poured throughout the church, and juice was poured into the thermostats, damaging the HVAC units.

Some of the damage sustained at Pleasant Grove Church. Photo courtesy Ohio County Sheriffs Department

Holes were knocked in the walls, which had also been spray-painted, deputies say, and a fire extinguisher had also been discharged inside the church.

Authorities say other damage to the church included a wall light being smashed with a cinder block, and a lock to a shed being pried off.

Some of the damage sustained at Pleasant Grove Church. Photo courtesy Ohio County Sheriffs Department

Deputies say a witness reports seeing a person of shorter stature wearing a backpack and camouflage clothing walking north on Askins Road around 6:30 Wednesday morning.  

Authorities say another witness observed two people walking in the area on Highway 110, just across the Breckenridge County Line on Wednesday afternoon.

The witness says one of the individuals had longer hair, was wearing a black baseball hat and a maroon cutoff shirt and black shorts. The witness says the other person was wearing a black shirt and black shorts, and that both were picked up by a Navy-colored four-door truck.

Anyone who might have information regarding the case is asked to contact the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office at (270) 298-4444, or use the Anonymous Tip Line at (270) 298-4446.

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(This story was originally published on July 19, 2019)

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