“We cannot let this happen in our community” Gazette reader, anonymous reward donor
May 31, 2019-A local resident has stepped up and offered a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects in the vandalism of a local church. According to Lt. Steven Kellogg of the Hammond Police Department, “The Hammond Police Department, in cooperation with a generous donation, is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the subject(s) responsible for the May 29thvandalism that took place at the Faith Church located at 3030 175th Street.”
According to the original report,
An unknown suspect(s) broke into the church and caused a significant amount of damage to the interior of the facility. An altar, an organ, restrooms, a display case, and an office were all damaged during the incident. The suspects committed thousands of dollars worth of damages and spray painted satanist slogans inside the church.
Hammond Chief John Doughty stated “This is an act that shakes the core of our good city and we are using every investigative tool including video surveillance and even blood evidence found at the scene. We will not stand for this type crime to any business or home in our city.”
After seeing the video below, the Gazette was contacted by a reader who wanted to help out. “This is despicable, we cannot allow this to happen in our community” the donor, who wishes to remain anonymous stated. The donor worked with Faith United Senior Elder David Turoci to make the reward a reality.
If you have information which may assist police in this case, please contact Hammond Police Detective Lieutenant Mark Detterline at (219) 852-2962 or Detective Sgt. Robert Maldonado at (219) 852-2975.