AYER -- Police are seeking the public's help in finding out who broke into a church, damaged several items and lit all of the candles on a shrine Wednesday morning.
At around 10:30 a.m., Ayer Police responded to St. Andrew's Church for a breaking and entering.
After arriving on scene, officers found that a front door had been forced open and several items had been thrown around and damaged inside. Among the vandalized items, the perpetrator(s) lit all of the candles on a shrine inside the church, which were still burning when officers arrived.
"When a place of worship is victimized, it's a disturbing event not only for the parishioners, but also for the community as a whole because of their close connections to the neighborhoods they are in," Ayer Police wrote on social media.
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