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Police investigating Catonsville church vandalism, possible anti-gay link

Police investigating Catonsville church vandalism, possible anti-gay link

Police are investigating thousands of dollars in vandalism and a possible hate crime at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Catonsville.

Officers were called to the church, at 1905 Edmondson Ave., Thursday morning and found smashed windows, file cabinets opened and furniture and other items broken and strewn about, a Baltimore County Police spokeswoman said Friday.

A fire extinguisher had been sprayed throughout the church, damaging many items, including pew cushions.

In the music room, various inflammatory phrases were written on a dry-erase board, including "666," "Hail Satan," and "Death 2 All," police said.

The church's pastor said...

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