‘It’s just sad’: Vandal rips bibles, breaks window at Chesterfield church

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities are searching for the person who vandalized a Chesterfield County church late Tuesday night. 

The church served as a polling location by day, but was vandalized overnight. Church leaders told 8News this isn’t the first time the building has been targeted.

Surveillance video captured the suspect who police say broke into Ironbridge Baptist Church just before 11:30 p.m. 

Police say the church was used as a polling place and a door was left unlocked. The suspect went in through that door. 

A church member told 8News that bibles were ripped and a window was broken. There was less than $500 dollars in damage and there was no damage to the outside of the church. Church officials say nothing was stolen.  

“It’s just sad,” Ironbridge Church Executive Director Dennis Green said. “When someone has that kind of anger, they don’t have that outlet. Or they don’t know how to handle it in a healthy way. And so when they are doing something like that, we take it seriously.”

This church was also broken into last June and computers were stolen. Those computers were returned. 

“We believe God can redeem anything. That’s the great hope that we have as followers of Jesus.” 

Anyone with information is asked to call 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660. 

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