WHITE ROCK, N.M. (KRQE) - Police are now offering a reward as they search for the vandal who went nuts on a church with a can of spray paint and a string of satanic messages.
The church was covered with messages like "666" and upside down crosses.
Police think someone was specifically targeting White Rock United Methodist Church near Los Alamos.
It was quiet outside the church on Wednesday, but one glance at the door out front and it is clear someone is trying to make some noise with hateful message after message. Graffiti was everywhere.
"Even the time they spent there shows they were targeting this specific church, and there was no other vandalism elsewhere,” said Sgt. Oliver Morris with Los Alamos Police Department. "So we're going to take that very seriously."
Police believe the vandalism happened Sunday night. Three days later, people at the church are still working to clean it up.
“Red Rum” is scrawled across one door. It is “murder” spelled backwards, a reference to Stephen King's "The Shining."
Also “die,” "666" and other threatening messages police say go way beyond simple vandalism.
“The markings themselves are disturbing, and it is more than just graffiti,” Morris said. “It was definitely the desecration of a church.”
Police will not say whether they are looking for one person or more, a teen or an adult, but they say they do have a few leads.
They are also offering a $500 reward to whoever can help them solve the investigation.
“We would like to put this to rest just to ensure the parishioners at the church they don't need to see this happen again because it is very costly to remove it," Morris said. "And as they do their functions throughout the week it's disruptive to what they have going on at the church."
The church pastor wasn't available for an interview, but KRQE News 13 spoke with someone at the church who said it has never been hit with vandalism so extensive and extreme.
Police said there are no surveillance cameras outside the church.
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