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Police Investigate ‘Cowardly' Church Vandalism in Indiana

A church was severely vandalized Wednesday night in Hammond, Indiana, police say.

The vandalism occurred sometime during the night at the Faith Church located in the 3000 block of 175th Street. Police said an unknown suspect or suspects broke into the church and caused a significant amount of damage to the interior of the facility. An altar, an organ, restrooms, a display case, and an office were all damaged during the incident, police said.

Hammond police are attempting to identify the suspects.

"Once that happens, we can determine the motivation behind such a cowardly act," police said in a statement.

Hammond Chief John Doughty stated "this is an act that shakes the core of our good city and we are using every investigative tool including video surveillance and even blood evidence found at the scene. We will not stand for this type crime to any business or home in our city."

If anyone has any information about this crime or possible suspects, they are asked to call Hammond Police Detective Lieutenant Mark Detterline at (219) 852-2962 or Detective Sgt. Robert Maldonado at (219) 852-2975.

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