Vandals again target Holy Family Catholic Church in Dayton

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A church was hit by vandals for at least the fourth time this year.

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Doors, windows, landscaping and pillars were reported damaged around 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 140 S. Findlay St. The damage happened during the overnight hours at the parish, according to a Dayton police incident report.

Police were called March 16 and March 17 to the same church after a vandal used a metal baseball bat and rocks to break windows and a large planter in separate incidents. And on Easter, someone threw rocks to break seven windows at the rectory behind Holy Family, police reports state.

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Anyone with information or who can identify the vandal is urged to call Dayton police at 937-333-COPS (2677) or Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP (7867).

Holy Family is one of at least five Dayton houses of worship to have been vandalized this year.

On April 19, windows were reported broken at Memorial United Church of Christ, 2338 E. Fifth St.; on March 28, Church on the Rock, 321 Edgar Ave., had a window broken among other damage during a break-in.; on Feb. 28, a vandal used rocks or bricks to break at least three windows at the Al-Rahman Mosque, 26 Josie St.; and St. Anthony Catholic Church and school, 830 Bowen St., was damaged three consecutive weeks in January — surveillance video showed a vandal used a hammer to break windows in one of the incidents.

Dayton police have said it’s not clear whether the incidents are connected.

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