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Chula Vista Church Vandalized, Police Investigating Graffiti As A Hate Crime

Graffiti on the walls of the South Bay Pentecostal Church are pictured in thi...

Credit: South Bay Pentecostal Church

Above: Graffiti on the walls of the South Bay Pentecostal Church are pictured in this undated photo.

A Chula Vista church was vandalized over the weekend and authorities Monday are investigating the damage as a hate crime.

Staff at the South Bay Pentecostal Church on D Street reported the vandalism Sunday morning, according to Chula Vista police.

Officers found several spray-painted messages on the wall, including the word "Lucifer," an apparent pentagram and other scrawlings, police said.

Surveillance footage captured by cameras at the church showed a vehicle pull up to the location around 12:30 a.m. Sunday and two individuals get out before going to the back of the church, where the graffiti was found, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Police suspect two people were responsible for the incident, but no suspect descriptions were immediately available.


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