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3 arrested in connection with church vandalism

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 10, 2010 at 8:08 pm |
August 11, 2010 11:45 am

A man and two teen boys are suspected of repeatedly burglarizing and vandalizing a church and community club on the Key Peninsula.

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives arrested the alleged culprits – ages 14, 16 and 22 – overnight on suspicion of burglary, theft and destruction of property.

The trio is accused of breaking into the Longbranch Community Church and Longbranch Improvement Club five times in the last month. The most recent break-in was sometime between 6:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday.

Windows were smashed, furniture was overturned and fire extinguishers were sprayed throughout the buildings. The club’s stock of liquor was raided several times.

“They were just tearing the place apart and breaking in to steal beer,” said Detective Ed Troyer. “It’s tons of damage.”

A bill to repair the extensive damages is still being tallied but a trustee at Longbranch Community Church said it will cost $4,000 just to replace the windows.

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