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Police: Suspects sought in Greenport church vandalism

Suspects in the vandalism of a Greenport church

Suspects in the vandalism of a Greenport church on Sunday. Photo Credit: Southold Town Police Department

A pair of vandals damaged Greenport's historic Greek Orthodox Church, shattering a decorative stained glass window, knocking down the main sign, and kicking over flower pots, officials said on Tuesday.

Surveillance video captured two male suspects, who appear to be in their 20s, at 7:24 p.m. Sunday, Southold Town police said in statement.

The Rev. Jerasimos Ballas of Saints Anargyroi, Taxiarchis & Gerasimos Greek Orthodox Church said the sign and flower pots were back in place, though fixing the window will take longer.

Photos from the church posted on social media include elaborate portraits of its saints.

"It's more like a down-to-earth church," Ballas said, adding it reminds the community of churches in Greece.

Ballas said he would like to thank the person who lives near the church and who alerted him to the damage on Sunday.

"We would really like to find him and thank him," he said. 

Anyone who might help the police solve the crime is asked to call 631-765-2600.


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