Church break-in miraculously under wraps

| February 20, 2011

It was a midsummer night's nightmare concealed from the public.

Around midnight on July 24, 2009, retired Camden County Prosecutor's Office Sgt. Kurt Levins used his pistol to bust into the rear of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) across from Shawnee High School on Tabernacle Road in Medford.

With a black permanent marker, the 54-year-old defamed an oil painting of Jesus coming out of the heavens, boldly writing a message from "Lucifer."

Levins — later determined to be psychotic — continued down the hall of the red brick church into the chapel room. He defamed a mahogany pulpit on the altar, etching into it a threatening message to Mormon legend Porter Rockwell.

Then, he fired nine shots into the back paneling of the altar and left.

Around 8 the next morning, the 325-member regional church's Bishop Hans Feuz found the disaster, called Medford Police and reached out to other church members. In their preliminary investigation, officers believed the paneling damage was caused by a drill, not a firearm.

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