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Thieves break in, vandalize church days before largest fundraiser

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Father Patrick Dolan (Source: WAVE 3 News) Father Patrick Dolan (Source: WAVE 3 News)
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A church in Fairdale was left with quite a mess after vandals broke into their pavilion over the weekend.

At Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church, located at 903 Fairdale Road, one of their main missions is to help the poor. Each month through Dare to Care and other programs they assist more than 400 people.

"It's especially distressing that they came in and vandalized the areas that we use to do that," said Father Patrick Dolan of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

Father Dolan said it was a shock to see fire extinguishers used throughout their pavilion, more than a dozen light bulbs shattered and ceiling fans broken.

"It looks as if almost they were just hanging on the thing to try to break it perhaps and it is just, why," said Dolan.

Parishioner Jerry Byerly made the discovery Sunday morning.

"It just made you sick to see it," said Byerly. He is the co-chairman of the church's picnic coming up this weekend.

"Then they put ice cream all over the floor and it is just a big mess, they really tore us up," said Byerly.

Even some frozen chicken set aside for the fundraiser wasn't spared. It appears vandalism can make you hungry, too.

"This is the stove they cooked their chicken and they had the chicken on top of here and the oven was still on," said Byerly. "Well at least I hope they got full before they left."

Father Dolan said this hasn't been their only problem lately. Last Thursday he woke up to rocks being thrown at his sign. "I walked out and four of them took off across the parking lot in front of the high school there," he said.

Before that on July 4, Dolan said thieves broke into his home and found his spare car keys while he was sleeping in the next room.

"Stole it and totaled it within 24 hours," said Dolan.

Random acts the church says will not get them down, instead they plan to beef up their security.

Police do not believe the crimes are related. Dolan said there were two arrests made for his stolen car.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the anonymous tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.

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