FRANKLIN - The House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Franklin was vandalized Monday night, Feb. 6, causing damage to two main doors, an office window, and part of a stained glass window.
The church does not have an estimate on the damage yet, as they are not quite sure of the stained glass window's value and cost to repair. However, it is likely that the vandalism caused thousands of dollars worth of damage.
According to Pastor Myron Deschaine, the front doors of the building were broken all the way through, very deliberately, as if with a sledgehammer.
"It did not appear that any entry was made into the building," said Capt. Joseph Spak of the Franklin Police Department (FPD). "Nothing seemed to be missing or disturbed in the church."
People left the building around 6:30 p.m. on Monday and the church was opened around 6 a.m. Tuesday, leaving a 12-hour time span for when the crime may have been committed.
Deschaine said this is the first time something like this has happened at the church.
"I've been here 25 years and we've never had a break in or vandalism such as this," the pastor said. "There's been little instances, but nothing like this."
According to Spak, this seems to be an isolated instance. There are not any other houses of worship in Franklin or other buildings in the area that have been vandalized.
The FPD is currently investigating the incident.
"We're hopeful," Deschaine said of the police investigation. "We certainly don't want this happening to other people."
House of Prayer Lutheran Church is located at 3900 W Ryan Road in Franklin.