Police seek advice after swastikas and letters sprayed on church
ROSEVILLE – Roseville Police are seeking information from anyone who saw or recorded an act of vandalism at the Greater New Life Church near 10 Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue on October 23-24.
“An unknown person painted swastikas on the side of the church and the initials ‘JDS’,” Roseville Police Chief Ryan Monroe said. “Our detectives have been looking for anyone who might have video of the incident, but at the moment we really don’t have much to do.”
The vandalism at the church in the 25300 block of Blair Street reportedly took place hours before the congregation’s Sunday morning service on October 24.
âI left the church on Saturday night, around 10 pm. Everything was fine, âsaid Pastor Darrell Moore, founder of the church. âI arrived on Sunday morning. At that point, I realized what had happened.
Moore said there were several swastikas painted on the wall and doors, along with the letters “JDS”.
He said there has never been a similar problem in the church.
âThe only thing I would say to those who did it, I have no ill will against them,â Moore said. âI just wish they had a change of life. They’re going in the wrong direction, and if you’re having such a hard time doing something like that, you’ve got to really let the Lord come into your heart. It is essential.
Monroe said the spray painting was done on the north side of the building. He said there are several small churches in the area and it is normally “fairly quiet”. No other incidents of vandalism or anti-Semitic graffiti were reported, and Monroe said it was an isolated incident.
Other than the graffiti itself, no physical evidence was left at the scene.
âWe hope if anyone has seen something contact the police,â Monroe said.
The church, then the new Church of the New Life of God in Christ, burned down in a storm in July 2014.
Anyone with information about church vandalism can reach Roseville Police at (586) 775-2100.