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Vandals cause $4,500 in damage to a Plover church

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The Plover Police Department is investigating the vandalism and burglary of a church.

Fourteen windows and doors were broken and shattered late last week at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Plover.

"It hurts the community when these kinds of things take place," said Al Moen church pastor.

Moen says last Wednesday he received a phone call from the police regarding the church.

"It was one of those things where you just figure there's going to be some kind of damage," added Moen.

Investigators believe the damage was done with the decorative rocks that surround the outside of the building.

 "There's over 4,600 dollars worth of damage," said Andrew Hopfensperger with the Plover Police Department.

"We realize that they came in because of a particular item that's missing, a surveillance camera," Moen said.

What the burglars don't realize is that the security camera records the footage to a separate device.

"We do have some evidence from the scene that we're looking at,"  Hopfensperger added.

Unfortunately this is something church officials say they've experienced three times in the past two decades.

Moen tells Newsline 9 that after each incident they learn from the experience and increase security.

"It was probably something that they'll, should they be caught, that they'll regret for the rest of their lives and for what, you know, target practice at windows," said Moen.

Officials at the church say even though the damage is done, they are willing to forgive whoever is responsible.

If you have any information about this crime you are urged to contact Portage County Crimestoppers at (888) 346-6600.

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