ADAMS, Mass. – Graffiti was painted on the walls of an Adams church Saturday night.
A door at First Baptist Church in Adams, Mass. would always be left open for the organist, Larry Bishop. But Saturday night Bishop realized he wasn’t alone.
Bishop has been the organist at First Baptist for 15 years. He said he went to the church late Saturday night to practice when he heard two people talking upstairs.
“I heard one of the voices say to the other, ‘Wow, there’s a lot of good stuff here,’” he described. “And I’m thinking, well, that doesn’t sound too good.”
Bishop said he saw the two suspects run out a back door, but they left behind some damage.
The suspects allegedly vandalized the walls drawing swastikas, a pentagram and other symbols in gold spray paint.
“It was a little scary for a minute,” Bishop said.
Police said the suspects are male teenagers. One was wearing a blue shirt, and the other was wearing a red shirt. They both have curly hair, according to police.
The vandalism is not being investigated as a hate crime, police said. The church’s Pastor Donald Gray doesn’t believe the church was targeted.
“I think it was a crime of opportunity,” he said. “I think they got in here and decided ‘Let’s do something,’ and it’s kind of sad.
But the church feels compassion instead of revenge.
“Pray for them, and that somehow they could get their lives straightened out,” Bishop said.
A church member used white paint to cover most of the graffiti.
This was not the first time an intruder entered the church. A few weeks ago, $30 in donations went missing. Police have not said whether the two incidents are related.