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Posted on: April 17, 2020

Two juveniles arrested in break-in, vandalism of Saint Brigid Church

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On Sunday, April 5, 2020 at approximately 8:48 a.m. Xenia Police officers responded to St. Brigid Church on a report of a breaking and entering.   

Church employees reported they discovered the break-in, and significant vandalism, when they arrived in morning.  The student activity center had a broken window but the subjects had not gained entry.  The main church building had been entered.  There was significant vandalism to many glass objects and religious items.  Several other items had been charred by fire, although the fire damage was minimal.  A storage building had also been broken into.  A truck from the storage barn had been taken on a joy-ride but was returned during the incident.  Several trailers on the property had been spray painted and lights were broken.  The incident occurred over a period time between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.  The suspects ended by stealing two golf carts.  The property damage is estimated to be several thousand dollars. 

In the early afternoon of the same day, officers recovered the two golf carts in the area of the Fairgrounds Recreation Center.  Several juvenile suspects were identified at that time.  

Two male juveniles (ages 13 and 14 years old) have been charged with the following: 

• Theft of Motor Vehicle (felony of the 4th degree) 

• Breaking and Entering (felony of the 5th degree) 

• Vandalism (felony of the 5th degree) 

• Arson (misdemeanor of the 1st degree) 

• Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle (misdemeanor of the 1st degree) 

• Violation of Rules of Director of Health (misdemeanor of the 2nd degree) 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Xenia Police Criminal Investigation Section at (937) 376-7206 or leave a voicemail at the Xenia Police Tip Line at (937) 347-1623.  Detective Moore is the lead investigator.  His email is jemoore@ci.xenia.oh.us. 

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