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Cops: Door shattered, graffiti sprayed at East Meadow church

Graffiti found spraypainted on the New Covenant Church

Graffiti found spraypainted on the New Covenant Church in East Meadow is being investigated as a hate crime, Nassau police said on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nassau police on Tuesday said they are intensifying patrols at churches across the county after an East Meadow church was vandalized with grafitti, including what police described as “anti-Christian” symbols.

Reddish-brown spray paint was used to write “cursed devil” and “devil witch spells” on the exterior walls of New Covenant Church on Bellmore Avenue sometime between 7 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Monday, police said.

The church’s glass front door also was shattered and several upside-down crosses — about three to four feet long — were spraypainted on the outside walls, police said.

“It’s definitely a hate crime,” Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun, a department spokesman, said Tuesday during a news briefing at police headquarters in Mineola. “It’s a little troublesome when you see the upside-down cross, because, again, that goes into an anti-Christian symbol. And we don’t really tolerate that.”

The church’s pastor, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday, reported the vandalism to police Monday afternoon, police said.

LeBrun said while there are “no known threats to the church” and the vandalism “appears to be an isolated incident,” patrols are increasing at the county’s churches.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the Nassau County First Squad at 516-573-7156 or Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477. Callers will remain anonymous.

With William Murphy

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