Los Angeles: 77th Area burglary detectives are investigating the vandalism and burglary at a local church in South Los Angeles.
On Sunday, February 8, 2009, 77th Area officers responded to a report of burglary at the Saint Mark United Methodist Church, located at 8305 South Gramercy Place.
A preliminary investigation revealed during the early morning hours of February 8, unknown suspect(s) severely vandalized and burglarized the church. A stained glass window of the church was shattered and several walls including the Holy Cross were spray painted with obscenities.
Additionally, the suspect(s) gained entry into the sanctuary and removed a drum set.
The total damages exceed $21,000.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detectives Ross Nemeroff or Jorge Trejo, 77th Burglary Section, at 213-485-4175. After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247). Callers may also text “CRIMES” with a cell phone or log on to www.lapdonline.org and click on Web Tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with “LAPD.” All calls and contacts are anonymous.