Hammond's Faith United Church of Christ and Rehoboth Worship Center vandalized

HAMMOND, Ind. (WLS) -- Everywhere you look at Faith United Church of Christ and Rehoboth Worship Center in Hammond, there's damage.

"It's really sad that someone came and had a free for all, just sit around and do what they were doing in God's house," said Pastor Alfred Windom of Rehoboth Worship Center.

Lori Pizer, a Faith United Church Member, discovered the damage around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

"Whoever did this has a lot of anger for some reason or another and I will be praying for them," said Pizer.

The vandals allegedly struck around 1:00 a.m. early Wednesday morning, based on the time listed on the now broken wall clock.

"What would make an individual do such a thing?" said church member, Julie Poremba.

The vandals left damage behind throughout the building from the organ and altar in the sanctuary to the sinks in the bathrooms.

"I would say they were here for every bit of three or four hours for the amount of damage we saw done," said Dave Turoci, a Senior Elder at Faith United Church.

Despite the damage, nothing appeared to be taken from the building.

"We had not turned in the offering from this past Sunday. They overlooked that," said Turoci. "There were some big ticket items that they could have taken and they did not."

There are security cameras in the building. However, the vandals knocked down the cameras.

Police are currently reviewing the footage.

"Our main focus is going to be finding who of course first and then of course once we find out the who, we will look into the motivation," said Lt. Steve Kellogg, a Hammond Police spokesperson.

Police say one of the vandals was possibly injured by glass while in the building.

"If anyone out there has a loved one, child, someone like that who comes home has a cut that is unexplained, that is always useful information for us," said Lt. Kellogg.

If the vandals were hoping to destroy the spirit of the two congregations who worship here, they did not succeed.

Andrew Holmes, a crisis responder, said Wednesday afternoon he's offering a $1,000 reward to solve this case.

"We are all going to put it back together and we are going to have service on Sunday and all is welcome even the ones who have done this," said Pizer. "We will forgive you."
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