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Frenchtown Church Vandalized

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Authorities are looking for suspects after an LDS church is vandalized in Frenchtown.

Missoula County Sheriff’s officials report someone "used pink and blue spray-paint to write anti-secular comments on the exterior brick wall of the church including the Star of David and derogatory comments about religious figures."

They say the vandalism occurred sometime over the weekend.

The incident is just one of a string of recent vandalism around Missoula County.

Sheriff's officials said another incident happened about 1 a.m. Tuesday, in a drive way in the 3500 block of Norman Drive. Someone smashed bottles, before they lit a garbage can on fire and broke into vehicles. A purse was also stolen from a vehicle in the driveway. Residents told deputies they heard bottles being smashed and someone running away from their property.

Sheriff’s officials said during the summer months they've seen a rise in criminal mischief involving juveniles in Frenchtown, Lolo and Target Range neighborhoods. They said if this type of behavior doesn't stop, someone may end up getting hurt.

“We've seen a slew of criminal mischief in these neighborhoods, people knocking on doors and running. When people at one o clock in the morning hear banging on their door they're reaching for their weapons,” said Det. Paige Pavalone.

Parents are advised to set curfews for their children, and know where they are at all times.

If you have any information about any of these incidents, please call Crimestoppers at (406) 721-4444.


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