CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two Charlotte churches were vandalized across the street from each other.

Police said the suspects threw rocks to shatter glass and damaged the buildings with graffiti, racking up hundreds of dollars in damage.

It happened sometime Wednesday night into Thursday morning at McKee Road Baptist Church and Saint Francis United Methodist Church on McKee Road.

Church leaders at McKee Baptist Church told NBC Charlotte the suspects threw a boulder at a sign by the road, knocking off several of the letters. The suspects also damaged the building with graffiti using vulgar words.

“Nothing I want to repeat,” said Donna Simpson, the financial secretary for McKee Road Baptist Church.

Simpson said they thought there was a break-in before learning it was vandalism.

“But that's bad enough because we've had it happen before to that same sign and we just replaced it two or three years ago,” Simpson said.

Across the street, there was more vandalism to another church. 

Church leaders at Saint Francis United Methodist Church said the suspects threw large rocks at the front door, shattering the glass. The door has been repaired, but the vandalism caused more than $1,000 in damage between the two churches.

“No respect, no respect at all, and I just hate that,” Simpson said.

Simpson believed the suspects could be young people in a nearby neighborhood trying to get a thrill in the wrong way.

“I would just caution parents to be aware of what their kids are doing at night,” she said.

She hoped whoever is responsible gets their act together.

“We still pray for those who did it, because they can be convicted and maybe decide to make it right, that would be great,” Simpson said.

Police said no arrests have been made in the case.


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