Vandalism spree targets churches in Buffalo

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BUFFALO, Minn. - Five churches in the City of Buffalo, Minnesota were the targets of what police are calling a "biased crime." The churches targeted are St. Francis Xavier, Zion Lutheran, 7th Day Adventist, Buffalo Presbyterian, and Hosanna Lutheran.

At four of churches, people arrived at some point over the last two days, to find posters hung on the front doors.

"Very vile language describing his idea of Jesus," says Pastor Rob Jarvis with Hosanna Lutheran Church LCMS.

Pastor Jarvis found the poster on Sunday before services that contained homosexual content. The content apparently so offensive that no one, including the police, would quote it exactly.

"There are comments made in the posters that would certainly be considered sacrilegious regarding Jesus and there are also some homosexual overtones," says Buffalo Police Chief Mitch Wenztel.

That's not all. Three churches were also vandalized. Hosanna Lutheran had both front doors smashed and 7th Day Adventist had the stained glass on all four sides of the building broken.

"It was heartbreaking. It was disappointing. I'm thankful that there wasn't more damage. I'm thankful they didn't break in and do more damage inside," says Pastor Bill Hicks with 7th Day.

Police do, however, have leads they have surveillance photos of the man they believe is responsible for the crimes.

The man is described as a white male with reddish-brown/blond hair, a full short beard, approximately five feet ten inches tall and 200 to 220 pounds.  He appears to be 22 to 30 years of age, wearing a black baseball hat with a white front and possibly with a maroon strip on the top, a green Minnesota Wild hooded sweatshirt, tan pants and dark shoes.

The vehicle he may be driving is described as a dark two-tone minivan.

Anyone with information on the acts of vandalism or the person who may be responsible for them is asked to call Buffalo Police at 763-682-5976.

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