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Teens accused of vandalizing Shelbyville church

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SHELBYVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Police in Shelbyville have arrested two teenagers for allegedly leaving thousands of dollars in damage at a local church.

Investigators say the teens, ages 16 and 17, broke into St. Williams Catholic Church and covered several walls in spray paint. They also broke windows in the sanctuary and damaged a fire extinguisher.

The suspects face charges of burglary and vandalism, and investigators said clues left behind at the scene lead to the teens.

A backpack left by the suspects near the baptismal font contained a piece of paper with a name on it.

Meanwhile, parishioners are left cleaning up the damage.

"It's bad, because I've already been told they'd been in the tabernacle, and that's where the body of Christ is. I mean, that's the most sacred thing in our church," said Sunday school teacher Kathy Marshall.

The suspects live near the church but are not members.

Police say they broke into the building Thursday between 6 and 7 p.m.

The church has canceled Sunday school for this weekend, but leaders say the still plan to hold mass Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

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