Vandals Flood Church, Damage Offices of Several Nonprofits

| June 12, 2013

Long Beach police are investigating a vandalism incident that left a church flooded, soaking carpets and damaging equipment.

The incident happened sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, according to police.

The vandals broke into a maintenance shed at The Neighborhood Church on the 3400 block of San Anseline Ave, police said Tuesday. The vandals stole several water hoses, put them through windows and turned on the water.

Several non-profit groups, including New Hope Grief Support Community, lease space from the church. Volunteers spent much of Tuesday cleaning up as several big fans circulated air to dry out the carpet.

"I came in and just saw an incredible amount of water, really," said John Matlock of New Hope Grief Support Community, who found out about the incident Sunday.

"Just trying to make sense of it, but we can't," he said. "Hard to imagine why organizations like this would be targeted."

One of the hoses was placed directly into Barbara Adams' office window on the second floor.

"It was literally a pool," said Adams, who founded the Center for Psychological Health, which provides counseling services for little or no cost.

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