Chesapeake church says their signs are being stolen, damaged

Posted at 10:16 AM, Aug 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-26 17:40:09-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - A pastor at a local church wants answers after saying church signs have been slashed or stolen in the past few months.

“I have no idea why someone would want to target church banners," Church at Hampton Roads Pastor Joel Brown said. "I can think of much better things to do with my time.”

Associate Pastor Isaac Garcia said they place Church at Hampton Roads signs throughout Chesapeake every Friday, but by Sunday morning they're either gone or damaged.

In the past three months, the pastors say more than 40 signs have been vandalized.

The church hasn't put up anymore signs.

They tell News 3, the vandal has cost them nearly $2,000.

One of the banners a man was caught on camera cutting | Courtesy:

One of the banners a man was caught on camera cutting | Courtesy: Church at Hampton Roads

The church has filed several police reports but say officers have not been able to catch the person.

However, the church does have him on camera committing the act.

“To see someone actually attack the church, it does bring a lot of thought as to what would lead them to do something of that nature," Garcia said.

The pastors say they do not know who the man is but would like to invite him to their service.

“I would honestly want to get to know the person," Garcia said.

If you have any information on the man in the video,  call the crime line at 1-TRIPLE-8-LOCK-U-UP.