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Pastor Adron Wheat stands in his ransacked office. Pastor Adron Wheat stands in his ransacked office.
This is just part of the mess left on the floor. This is just part of the mess left on the floor.
Several people spent part of their Saturday cleaning up the mess the vandals left behind. Several people spent part of their Saturday cleaning up the mess the vandals left behind.
Police believe the vandals broke in using a knife. Police believe the vandals broke in using a knife.
Harvest Church of God is located at 7301 Arnoldtown Road in Pleasure Ridge Park. Harvest Church of God is located at 7301 Arnoldtown Road in Pleasure Ridge Park.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)- Staff and members of Harvest Church of God spent part of their Saturday vacuuming, scrubbing profanity off a picture of the last supper and cleaning up what two young vandals left behind.

Thursday night the entire church at 7301 Arnoldtown Road in Pleasure Ridge Park was ransacked. The safe was stolen. Windows were shattered. Profanity was spray-painted throughout the building and that's not all.

"As I made my way out to the office area, it was sickening at the things that we saw," said Pastor Adron Wheat.

Inside Pastor Wheat's office, cabinet doors were ripped off, papers were thrown around and his new computer was stolen. "Everything was in the floor and emptied, and they took fire extinguishers and sprayed it all down."

Police said the two juveniles broke into the church Thursday night with a knife. Wheat said the damage will cost a lot.

"Monetary items like that I haven't had time to sit down and figure, but it will most definitely run into several thousands of dollars," Wheat said.

Pastor Wheat said just like in a modern-day Hansel and Gretel tale, police followed a trail of stolen potato chips, gloves, and a stolen drum stick that led them straight to the suspects' door. Inside, police found even more. "That's where they found at least three items that were taken," Wheat said, "the safe, which is already returned, and a couple other items."

While they don't know how much money it's going to take to get the church back to its original state, the outpouring from the community and church members has made the situation a little bit better.

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was ransacked. The safe was stolen. Windows were shattered. Profanity was spray-painted throughout the building and that's not all.

"As I made my way out to the office area, it was sickening at the things that we saw," said Pastor Adron Wheat.

Inside Pastor Wheat's office, cabinet doors were ripped off, papers were thrown around and his new computer was stolen. "Everything was in the floor and emptied, and they took fire extinguishers and sprayed it all down."

Police said the two juveniles broke into the church Thursday night with a knife. Wheat said the damage will cost a lot.

"Monetary items like that I haven't had time to sit down and figure, but it will most definitely run into several thousands of dollars," Wheat said.

Pastor Wheat said just like in a modern-day Hansel and Gretel tale, police followed a trail of stolen potato chips, gloves, and a stolen drum stick that led them straight to the suspects' door. Inside, police found even more. "That's where they found at least three items that were taken," Wheat said, "the safe, which is already returned, and a couple other items."

While they don't know how much money it's going to take to get the church back to its original state, the outpouring from the community and church members has made the situation a little bit better.

Copyright 2012 WAVE News. All rights reserved.