Sumter, SC (WLTX)- Pastor Arthur Sharpe of Calvary Church of the Nazarene still can't believe someone would spray paint profanity and satanic symbols on his church and their church van.
“My heart was broken after I saw what had taken place,” Sharpe explained. “I've been pastoring nearly 30 years and I've never seen anything like this.”
Officials in Sumter County are searching for the person responsible for vandalizing not only Sharpe’s church but also Lakewood Baptist Church just down the road.
A Sumter County deputy discovered the vandalism last Friday.
“We just think it was a crime of opportunity, they were out in the country, no one around and so hey we can do this and for some reason they thought that that might be fun,” Ken Bell with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said.
The vandal caused a total of $3000 worth of damage.
“Well you know any vandalism's bad, but it's really disturbing when you come out and it's a church and a place that's supposed to be peace and love and here's someone trying to disturb that peace and it's just you wonder what they're thinking about,” Bell said.
Although the reason behind the crime is hard for Sharpe to understand, forgiving comes easy.
“I'd like to look at the person who did this and tell them they're forgiven. I'd also like to see them that they would know you know there's no hatred or animosity,” Sharpe said.
Pastor Sharpe says they have put up surveillance cameras around the church.
If you have any information about this crime you are encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.