Vandals Cause $100,000 Worth of Damage

By: Krislyn Smith
By: Krislyn Smith

Walton County sheriff's investigators need your help finding out who committed what may be some of the worst cases of vandalism south Walton has ever seen.

The culprits were so bold they even targeted two churches, desecrating both the insides and outsides.

When the cleaning crew showed up at St. Rita's Catholic Church Thursday morning, they found broken windows, furniture thrown in the bushes outside, satanic graffiti sprayed on the once beautiful church columns.

Capt. Stan Sunday said deputies have a rough idea on when it happened.

“We estimate this to have occurred around midnight and 3 a.m. this (Thursday) morning."

The St. Rita's damage would be astounding on its own, but it may have been the beginning of a viscous, hateful spree that included nearly a dozen cars and homes, as well as St. Nicholas Church in nearby Miramar Beach.

Capt. Sunday says the damage carries a high price tag.

“Were estimating the damages to be in the neighborhood of $100,000."

Three weddings had to be postponed due to the damages.

If you have any information about the vandalisms, please call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office south Walton sub-station at 850-267-2000.

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