Deputies investigate church break-in - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Deputies investigate church break-in

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating the break-in and vandalism of a rural Shelby County church.

Investigators said the crooks broke into the Hammond Grove Missionary Baptist Church and nearly destroyed the inside of the 100 year old building.

Pastor James Adams said vandals broke into the church and ransacked every room, breaking television sets, windows and doors and computers. They even poured hot sauce and other liquid all over church literature.  
"I would never think that people would do this," church member Kaylie Fields said. "I've never in my life seen anything like this."
The morning after, Deacon James Jackson is still in disbelief.
"The first that I saw was the sanctuary and I mean I was just blown away," deacon James Jackson said.

Church members have no idea who would destroy their house of worship. 

No one is exactly sure when this happened.  The last time anyone was at the church was on Sunday night. 

They are insured and they do have an alarm but it was not activated.
Shelby County Sheriff's investigators combed the church for fingerprints.  

Despite the destruction, there is still something to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving day. 

No one was hurt and no one was injured.

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