Cape Coral Church believes vandalism could be a targeted attack
CAPE CORAL, Fla .– Water’s Edge Church in Cape Coral must have cleaned up a pretty big mess before it opened for Sunday service.
They filed a police report with the Cape Coral Police Department claiming someone had vandalized their parking lot and destroyed their basketball hoop.
Pastor Don Neace told Fox 4 that the damage to the basketball hoop was disappointing, but what was spray painted in their parking lot is what causes the most concern.
“There were references to God. one that was very difficult to read but seemed to have involved God performing a sexual act, ”he said.
Pastor Don tells Fox 4 that it was this kind of talk that made him think it was a targeted attack.
Between the spray paint covering the parking lot and the destroyed hoop, the church says it represents more than $ 1,000 in damage.
“It was a very expensive investment and the point of having the basketball goal here is it’s quite far from a park in this neighborhood,” said Pastor Don.
During her first pastor, Don said the basketball hoop was a popular spot for neighborhood kids.
On Saturday, the sign remains broken as the church works overtime to prepare for Sunday service.
“Fortunately, we were able to clean up most of the vulgarities from the parking lot. the rest, I don’t think it will offend anyone. so I think when I come to church tomorrow, I can park my car on what’s left, ”said Pastor Don.
Despite the setback, for Water’s Edge Church, it will be business as usual next Sunday.
Pastor Don says all he wants is an answer as to why it happened.
“If this was just meant to be a prank, just a harmless joke in their minds… I want to know that.” but from the terminology and the pictures it seems to me that there is something deeper and I would like to help them understand that, ”he said.
Cape Coral Police told Fox 4 on Saturday that they had not been told if it was considered a hate crime.