This sign at United Methodist Church in Madison was vandalized over the weekend. (Photo by Chuck Clement)
The United Methodist Church in Madison was the target of vandalism last weekend that occurred sometime between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
Madison Police received a report concerning damage to the church building at about 8:15 a.m on Sunday.
The officer sent to the scene at 304 N. Egan Ave. found the glass damaged to a door on the northeast side of the building. He documented more damage to a ground-level sign located on the southeastern corner of the church along 2nd St.
Police believe the door was damaged by the suspect(s) kicking the glass. In addition, a glass panel was damaged on the sign that covered an area where announcements were posted. The suspect(s) damaged a hinge on the panel.
A maintenance person at the church believed the vandalism occurred between 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and when the police were called on Sunday morning.
Police determined that the suspect(s) did not gain access to the church's interior. The vandalism was estimated to have damaged between $400 to $1,000 of private property.
This isn't the first church vandalism that has taken place in Madison. Two local churches were impacted in October 2011. At that time the First Presbyterian Church suffered damage to its glass door and extensive damage inside the church.
At that same time a vehicle was also stolen and rammed into the fence surrounding the parking lot at St. Thomas Church.