Five juveniles were arrested Monday after members of an Ellabell church found chaos and destruction to the church property.
The juveniles, ranging in age from 12 to 15, caused “significant damage,” according to a statement released by Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown.
When the pastor and some members of Eldora Baptist Mission Church on Eldora Cemetery Road went to the church Monday morning, they found where someone had kicked in doors, shattered windows, deployed fire extinguishers onto playground equipment, tossed soft drink cans all around and poured oil in the gas tank of the church lawn mower, according to sheriff’s incident reports and Brown’s statement.
The church is located in Bulloch County, in the Ellabell community.
The damage had to have been done sometime after church Sunday, as members left the building by 1 p.m., he said.
Bulloch County sheriff’s Investigator Prethenia Cone responded to the scene, and not long after news of the investigation circulated in the community, someone called her with information leading to the identification of the offenders, Brown said.
The five juveniles were arrested and charged with burglary, criminal attempt to commit arson, vandalism to a place of worship and criminal damage to property.
After being booked into the Bulloch County Jail, the offenders were released and the cases were turned over to the Juvenile Services of Bulloch County and await further court proceedings.