Friday, September 17, 2010
St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Greenville is almost 140 years old. For the community, it's a landmark; for its members, a house of worship. But on thursday it was a target for a group of vandals.
"I just can't believe anyone would do something like that," said Leon Baker.
Baker found the mess after entering a side door. He saw a strange powder covering the parish hall. It's dried foam from fire extinguishers.
"They just let it fly," said Baker talking about the foam.
The downstairs food pantry, used to feed the poor twice a week, was raided. Refridgerators left open and the food inside spoiled. Other goods were opened and thrown on the floor and walls downstairs. The priest's office was ransacked and a copy machine destroyed.
"It's kind of foolish to do the damage they did. What was the purpose in that? It's kind of hard to understand," said Father John Kirkman.
Even harder to understand and the most upsetting, was the the destruction of st. Paul's sanctuary.
"There was a white hanging that covered that papered area behind the altar that was saturated with BBQ sauce," said Father Kirkman.