Vandals hit another Columbus church, smashing windows of vans

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (Dec. 9, 2014) – Concerns are rising in Columbus where vandals struck another church, busting windows out of two church vans Sunday night.

Calvary Community Church uses the vans to pick up church parishioners from as far away as Franklin.

"We pride ourselves with being a mission church,” explained Bishop Charles Sims, with Calvary Community Church.

Church leaders tell FOX59 the two vans were parked on the street in front of the church and the damage is going to cost them about $2,500.

"You're just disappointed. It's senseless,” said Sims.

The church has a predominately African-American congregation which makes Sims worried about the possible motive behind the vandalism.

"You don't know whether it was because the mood in the country, the unrest in the country. You know, you have all those questions that come to your mind,” said Sims.

However, Columbus Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Matt Harris said the investigators do not believe the church was targeted, because at least three other vehicles were also vandalized a few blocks away around the same time.

A few months ago, vandals hit three other churches in Columbus with spray paint.  Police have yet to arrest anyone in that case.

Sims said he is considering installing security cameras and wants to make sure his congregation stays alert.

"You know that there is a lot of unrest throughout the country and so we're trying to position ourselves, help our people be careful, be safe," he said. "We certainly don't need that kind of violence, or vandalism in this community,”

Church leaders are hoping to have the vans repaired and back in service by Sunday’s service.

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