Deputies Investigating Vandalism at Orchard Mesa Church

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

Mesa County investigators are searching for the suspect or suspects who vandalized an Orchard Mesa church Monday morning.

Rev. Robert Babcox tells 11 News the suspects broke into Trinity Baptist Church, destroyed a pew, lit an American flag on fire, left graffiti on the floor and set off several fire extinguishers.

He says there is around $30,000 to $40,000 in damage in the church on 27 1/2 and B Roads.

The reverand tells 11 News he got a call around 3:30am on Monday.

Grand junction firefighters told him they were called out to the church on 27 ½ Road to find a small fire in one of the pews.

Rev. Babcox says he has no idea who would have done something like this, but he doesn't have harsh words for them--he wishes them well.

"I pray that this individual is found and he can come to know Jesus Christ through this and that something wonderful can happen in this individual's life as a result of the damage they've caused," Rev. Babcox told 11 News outside of the church on Monday.

Rev. Babcox says he will have to cancel Wednesday's service but no matter what, he will hold service on sunday even if he has to hold it in the church pavillion outside.

If you have any information call Crime Stoppers at 241–STOP.

If you would like to help Trinity Baptist Church in its recovery efforts, call Pastor Robert Babcox (970) 201-6228.


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