11 and 12-year-old suspected of vandalizing church

Church vandalized in Craighead County

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - Craighead County sheriff’s deputies arrested an 11 and 12-year-old suspected of doing thousands of dollars in damage to a local church.

The two are suspected of breaking into the Alsup Baptist Church on County Road 625 sometime before Saturday, June 22.

The church was ransacked, leaving behind a broken front door, multiple broken windows and slashed church pews.

The Reverend James Morgan said this was not the first time someone has vandalized the church.

“In the last three or four years, we’ve had two total break-ins out here,” he said. “This is the worst one we’ve had.”

Chief Deputy Justin Rolland with the Craighead County Sheriff’s Department said they arrested two juveniles on Monday, June 24. He put the damage around $6,000.

Morgan has a message for those who did this: “We are praying for them...we will forgive them.”

Rolland said the two juveniles have been handed over to juvenile services.

The church is accepting donations at this time for repairs.

If you would like to send a donation, mail it to P.O. Box 249 Bay, AR 72411.

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