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Emmanuel Presbyterian church vandalized in Phoenix

Posted at 5:07 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 20:17:16-04

PHOENIX — Emmanuel Presbyterian church in North Phoenix was vandalized sometime before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. When a church employee showed up for work, he noticed a door to the church's hall had a broken window.

Pastor Jennifer Fraser says, "Basically they took everything out in the kitchen they went through all the cabinets, there on the floor coffee and lemonade."

She says her main concern was the sanctuary, which was untouched by the vandals. She has been the pastor at the church since October 2018.

She tells ABC15 the vandals cut the electricity to the property before making their way into the hall. Once inside, they broke a television on a wall, ransacked the place, and sprayed fire extinguisher throughout.

She says while the damage is significant, it pales in comparison to St. Joseph’s complete loss.

"When people ask me that (if we need help)....what I say is I know St. Joe's is now receiving donations for their rebuild, Pastor Fraser said. "That's where we would want to direct people's attention."

Fraser says the church’s insurance will most likely pay for the damage done. As for the suspects responsible? "Yeah certainly hoping that they'll get caught; not out of vengeance so they can answer for what they've done and that they don't cause this kind of damage to another church," Fraser said.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Phoenix police.