Daleville, AL - Police have suspects in custody accused of vandalizing several churches, businesses, homes, and cars in the Wiregrass.
For nearly a year now, authorities in the Daleville area have been investigating small acts of vandalism. More recently the incidents have grown larger in scale with church windows being broken and graffiti written on walls and doors. Now police think they’ve found those responsible.
“I’ve seen all sorts of emotions, from anger to disbelief,” says Pastor Jud Waldrop.
Pastor Jud Waldrop says in his seven years at Daleville Baptist Church he’s never seen anything like this.
His church is one of more than 50 instances of vandalism in the area.
“On that plexiglass we could see where the bricks had hit when they were trying to break it. They couldn’t break that so they broke two of our doors. So we had to replace the glass in those.”
Now police have three suspects in custody, two adults and one juvenile. They aren’t releasing much information at this time including the suspects’ names.
“Come to find out, it’s going to be a lot bigger than we anticipated,” says Daleville Police Sergeant Allen Medley.
The group is now also connected to vandalism in Dothan, Enterprise, Clayhatchee, Level Plains, and other areas. Sergeant Medley says they are relieved to have the suspects in custody.
“We’ve worked on this. You know it’s took a big load off of us. Glad we’ve finally got some headway with it. We can finally get some justice done.”
Pastor Waldrop is hoping those responsible find more than justice.
“Glad that they’ve been caught, and it does give us sort of a piece that that part is over with. We hope that they find forgiveness, or they seek forgiveness, and are truly sorry for what they’ve done,”
Sergeant Medley says it could take a week or so to compile the list of crimes and the cost of damage done. Then, they will release a list of charges and the names of those arrested.
Police say the charges will most likely range from felonies to high class misdemeanors.