Saucier church vandals even stopped to make coffee

SAUCIER, MS (WLOX) - Persimmon Hill Church is a small church with less than 100 members in the Silver Run Community off Highway 53. Sunday, as people started showing up for service they were shocked to see the place trashed.

"I don't think it was about stealing," Church Secretary Sarah Ratcliffe said. "I do think it was about vandalism, so that does make it a little scary and hurtful."

Someone broke a window in the back of the church and used a chair to climb inside. Once inside, they left several knives on the ground and wrote a curse word on the wall of the children's nursery.

The unwanted guests also cut a hole in the office, threw the lock through the window and went through all the files. But that is not all.

"They made themselves at home. They came and ate, made themselves a pot of coffee," Ratcliffe said.

They left behind empty boxes of food, dirty frying pan, plates and coffee mugs. The vandals also took a speaker off the wall, but left it on the ground, taking only an iPod and a few other small things.

"Everyone was pretty much devastated and heartbroken that someone could come into the church and do this to our place of worship," Ratcliffe said.

This is the second time the church has been broken into in the past four years. Last time, someone took all the music equipment; they were never caught.

"My first reaction is to be a little discouraged, but I just have to keep my faith and keep moving forward," Ratcliffe said.

If you have any information about the break in, you are asked to call the Harrison County Sheriff's Department at (228) 897-1364.

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