Des Moines Church Vandalized Five Times in Two Months

DES MOINES, Iowa - Cleanup is underway at Des Moines church damaged by vandals over the weekend.

This is the fifth time in just two months that vandals have targeted the Revival Center Church of God in Christ. The church, located in the 3800 block of 36th Street, was damaged late Sunday night.

Church leaders say the acts of vandalism started two months ago with a swastika being carved into the church's mailbox.

Then they say a few church windows were broken and a few outside signs were bent or stolen.

"It’s contained to our parking lot, anything that belongs to us or the church, so we know we’re being targeted as a church we just don’t know why we’re being targeted," says the Pastor's wife, Shawnice Cameron.

They say the vandals have done an increasing amount of damage with each incident.   All three of the church's vehicles were damaged as well with all the windows broken out.  Pastor Cameron says it's especially devastating to see the newly purchased handicap accessible van destroyed.  He says the church planned to use the van to transport its members who use wheelchairs to and from services.

“I cried like a baby yesterday after coming up here and seeing what happened.  All I’m trying to do is my best  to help the community, trying to have everything I need to get people back and forth to church, and we got people that don’t care," says Pastor Michael Cameron.

Pastor Cameron estimates the vandals have caused more than $15,000 in damage to church property. Church officials believe the same group of people is responsible for the vandalism but so far there have been no arrests.

Des Moines Police are continuing to investigate the case.

A page has been set up to help the church get new transportation for its members and repair the damages, to donate, click here.