Sheriff, SBI investigating hate crimes at several area churches

| November 15, 2011

ANSON COUNTY, N.C. — Both the Anson County and Stanly County Sheriff’s Offices along with the State Bureau of Investigation are investigating a disturbing string of church vandalisms that many are calling the "worst they’ve ever seen."

The hardest hit church – Cedar Hill AME Zion Church in Ansonville – was in ruins Monday night as Ansonville Volunteer Fire Fighters and church elders tried to clean up a mess so devastating it left many church members in tears.

Spray painted on the church building were phrases “God is a lie,” and “House of the Devil,” as well as racial slurs and swastikas. Inside the church, vandals defecated on the pulpit, tore out air conditioning units, broke every stained glass window and left water running in the building. They also tried to burn a cross on the front lawn of the historical church.

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