Thieves vandalized Detroit church for the 3rd time in 2 weeks

Santos Church is located in Southwest Detroit

In the past two weeks, Santos Church in Southwest Detroit has been targeted three separate times.

DETROITSantos Church in Southwest Detroit has been targeted three times in the past two weeks.

On Tuesday night, the air condition units on the century-old building were ripped from the roof and destroyed.

“It’s very discouraging, not just for myself but for the people who go here because to them that’s a sign of how safe is the area that I’m in,” said Santos Church pastor Rich Colon.

Colon and the rest of the church have been making efforts to create a safe space for both worshipers and neighbors.

The pastor said that whoever destroyed the air condition units collected shipping pallets and made a makeshift ladder to get over the church’s fence and onto the roof.

According to the pastor, the dollar store next door was also targeted Tuesday night.

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