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Vandals cause $5,000 damage to Shafter church: SPD

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SHAFTER, Calif. (KGET) – The Shafter Police Department has been called to the First Church of the Nazarene for a vandalism and burglary investigation. Upon arrival, officers said they found damage estimated at $5,000, officials said.

Police said they were called around 6.15pm on Wednesday and found damaged benches, paint on the windows, broken glass and other damage.

Keven Huckaby, senior pastor of Ridgeview Community Church, Church of the Nazarene in Bakersfield, which oversees the church in Shafter, said he received a call about the vandalism and expected to find a window broken, but that he saw something “much bigger than that”.

“It breaks my heart…this is supposed to be a safe and loving place where everyone is welcome…we cried about it, it was a very emotional journey…” Huckaby told 17 News.

Huckaby said they are getting an outpouring of love from other churches. Other churches have offered volunteers to come to the church and help clean up.

If anyone would like to come out and help clean up on Saturday at 9 a.m., they can contact Ridgeview Community Church in Bakersfield at 661-836-2256.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Lt. Stephen of the Police Department at 661-746-8500.

According to the police, this incident is currently under investigation.