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Rome police searching for information, church vandals

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Rome police detectives are hoping someone in the community will be able to help them find who is responsible for damage done to a local church this weekend.

“If anyone has any information about this, please call me,” said detective Michelle Sims with the Rome Police Department. “We are now working on some leads and we definitely want to catch who did this.”

Police were called to Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 304 Coker Drive, on Saturday afternoon because of vandalism and burglary at the church.

A member had arrived at the church to drop off flowers and noticed that the fellowship hall door wasn’t latched and the ladder to the attic was down. She called other members, who came to investigate.

They found that a flat screen television had been taken from the fellowship room.

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Smoke was in the building as well, from two fires that had been set — one in the narthex, inside a donation basket, and one near the nursery. The donation basket had contained several cans of food, which exploded all over the walls and ceiling.

The hallway was covered with graffiti and holes had been punched in the walls. A computer screen was broken, as well as an inside window. Several of the offices had been ransacked.

The electrical breakers also had been turned off.

Officers found a broken window in the back of the church they suspect had been used for entry.

Church members were still able to attend services Sunday at the church.

“Our reverend told us that guardian angels must have been looking after the church,” said church member James Reed. “The fires burnt themselves out before they could spread.”

Sims said anyone with any knowledge about the crime should call her office line at 706-238-5124.

“And if anyone ever sees someone breaking into a church, please call 911 and let us know,” she added.