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Date: 10/14/2013
Time: 5:30 p.m.

Detectives investigating multiple incidents of graffiti at churches

Arlington Police Officers have responded to a series of vandalism cases, with two of the most recent cases occurring this weekend at the Lutheran Church on 700 E. Lamar Blvd. and Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on 2100 N. Davis Blvd. Graffiti has been written near entrances, on brick walls, sidewalks, and/or signs at some of the church locations. It is a state jail felony offense to place graffiti on a place of worship.  

Investigators have uncovered additional offenses that have occurred over the past couple of weeks. In those instances, the graffiti was limited to a small area. Detectives believe that the other incidents may be related based upon the writing style and messages.

Detectives will continue to investigate and work with surrounding communities to see if they have seen any similar cases. In response to these reported incidents, each scene has been photographed and processed for any evidence that might lead to identification of a suspect. With the awareness of these vandalism cases, churches citywide are being closely patrolled. There is no indication at this point that these cases have any connection to gangs.  

“Anytime the sanctity of a church, synagogue, mosque or other place of worship is violated, we take that very seriously and will seek vigorous prosecution of the offenders,” said Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson.

Detectives are working to find the person or persons responsible for this vandalism. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Detective Juan Rodriguez at 817-459-5690.      

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