More Charges In Vandalism At Belleville Church

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Cody Engelke

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -  A teenager faces a hate-crime charge after authorities say he helped vandalize a Belleville church.

Prosecutors in St. Clair County also have charged 18-year-old Codie Engelke of Belleville with burglary and criminal damage to property.

He’s jailed on $150,000 bond.

Investigators say the pastor of Belleville’s New Freedom Baptist Church saw several people enter the place of worship July 31.

Police who were summoned say they found racial epithets written inside, and much of the church’s interior had been trashed.

Police say they took four juveniles and an adult into custody.

A 19-year-old man already has been charged with burglary and criminal property damage.


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