Churches, cars and park vandalized in Babcock

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BABCOCK, Wis (WSAW) -- The Town of Babcock is taking action after more religious hate and pornographic vandalism appeared Tuesday morning at the Babcock Community Park. Since Saturday, two churches and two cars have also been vandalized.

According to the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, the vandalism was first reported on Saturday when members of the All Saints Catholic Church arrived to prepare for Sunday morning service. Upon their arrival, they found religious hate slogans and swastika’s spray painted on the back of the church. Shortly later, members of the Babcock Community Church called the police to report similar vandalism.

“We still had service and we are not going to give up. We will keep the faith going strong,” stated Remington Township Fire Chief Rodney Brockman. He also attends the All Saints Catholic Church. “Our church said to pray for the people who did this act and hopefully they will learn from it.”

Police believe the person or persons responsible for this crime are the same people. The color of the spray paint and handwriting appears to be the same. Members of the community believe it was someone not from the area.

“Whoever did this, I don’t think would be from around here,” explained Mary Mckeel who was the town clerk for 26 years before retiring. “Everyone around here takes such pride in our community.”

Mckeel and a few other women in the community raised $30,000 to build the Babcock Community Park for children and visitors to play or rest at. On Tuesday morning, huge swastikas were found spray-painted on the grass, fences and the gazebo floor which was donated to the park.

“We have not had trouble here in the park. This was a lot of hard work to build, and then in a few minutes someone can destroy it,” added Mckeel.

Both churches, the park, and the vandalized vehicles were all within walking distance, but police have not determined how the suspects picked the victims or locations that they did.

“We will have more patrols out in the area especially at night as we continue to investigate this,” state Lt. Joe Zurfluh, with the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.

Police have received a few tips from the public regarding who may be responsible, but no one has been taken in for questioning.

Law enforcement is asking the community to be vigilant and to give them a call if they see any suspicious activity.