ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - Roswell Police are searching for suspects in a string of church vandalism over the weekend.
According to police, one church received a threatening letter and another had a bunch of windows broken.
"Everybody is kind of stunned that nothing is sacred anymore," said Deacon Howard Herring of St. Peter's Catholic Church. "Even churches are under attack."
According to Roswell police, someone stole the air-conditioning unit and broke out every glass window of the duplex owned and maintained by St. Peter's.
"You see this damage and you realize we are all targets for vandalism, for damage, and there is a lot of it that goes on in Roswell and it's very unfortunate," said Herring.
Herring has worked at St. Peter's for more than a decade and he's seen his fair share of criminal damage.
The Seventh-Day Adventist Church on South Union in Roswell was also vandalized in March. Someone stole four air-conditioning units from the church and it cost more than $20,000 to replace them.
And just last weekend, someone taped a letter to a side door of the First Presbyterian Church threatening to kick the church off the property.
Along with the note was a an explicit message spelled out on the sidewalk.
"I'm sorry that a person feels so powerless that that's what they have to do," said First Presbyterian Church Interim Pastor Sam Lanham. He said churches are unfortunately easy targets.
"It becomes a place that people think they can vent some of their anger or some of their issues with their relationship with God," said Lanham.
Even though he says he's upset about what was done, he also has hope for those responsible.
"We do care about what happens to people, even the ones that vandalize our community and vandalize our space," said Lanham.
He also said he is taking extra precautions and making sure every church door is locked.
Herring says the vandals caused more than $3,000 worth of damage to St. Peter's duplex and he hopes to have the windows repaired in a couple months.
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