JOHNSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – UPDATE 6/1/2021 11:10 a.m. – The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office will charge two juveniles after a vandalism occurred at a local church on May 27.
According to a release from the sheriff’s office, the juveniles have been identified as the people responsible for the damage done to the Shady Valley Presbyterian Church.
The release states the juveniles broke into, vandalized and attempted to “set a fire near the rear of the church.
As of Tuesday morning, the juveniles have been identified and interviewed. They will be charged after investigators consult with the District Attorney General’s Office, according to the JCSO.
The sheriff’s office is withholding the identities of the juveniles as of Tuesday.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a church was vandalized.
According to a post from the Shady Valley Presbyterian Church, the vandalism occurred the night of May 27.
Johnson County Sheriff Eddie Tester told News Channel 11 his office is investigating.
The sheriff’s office provided the following statement:
On May 27th, 2021 at approximately 12:00 pm, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office received a call for a break-in/vandalism call at the Shady Valley Presbyterian Church in the Shady Valley community. Investigators were also called to the scene. The church had received major damage in several different areas throughout the church.
This break-in/vandalism is still under active investigation therefore, more information will be available as soon as possible.Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
Church members say the suspect or suspects broke in through a window in the fellowship hall, painted swastikas on the walls, clogged the toilets to flood the bathrooms and set a small fire outside the building.
“Of course the church has been slightly damaged. We do have insurance, so that will take care of a lot of that value, but someone is still paying,” said church member Kenneth McQueen. “The biggest thing now is drying out the mess from the flooding.”
The church is asking anyone who may have information regarding the vandalism to contact the sheriff’s office.
“It’s very devastating to the membership that this is going on in our society,” McQueen said.
The vandalism could become a federal case if it is determined by investigators to be a hate crime.
This is a developing story. Look for updates on WJHL.com.