A woman allegedly burst into the church and left a ‘wake of destruction’

A woman accused of breaking into a church in Corinth, Mississippi early Tuesday morning has been arrested.

“In the early hours of this morning our church was robbed,” reads a Facebook post from Farmington Baptist Church. “They took nothing, but left a trail of destruction.”

The Alcorn County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement posted on Facebook that Amy Schneider, 36, was charged with burglary and destruction of a church. Alcorn County Sheriff Ben Caldwell said Newsweek the destruction of a church fell under the same charge as the vandalism of a public building.

Police have arrested and charged a woman who allegedly broke into a church and left a mess in Mississippi. Here, an image of a broken window.
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FindLaw, a legal information website, said penalties for vandalizing a public building can vary depending on the extent of the value of the damage.

Someone who is found guilty can face fines ranging from $1,000 to $25,000, and some can be required to serve prison terms ranging from one year to 20 years.

According to the Farmington Baptist Church, church members faced a “mess” of hymn pages, broken glass and bloodstains.

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Due to the extent of the damage, the church canceled activities and services on Wednesday.

“We’re grateful that nothing really ‘significant’ was harmed,” the post continued.

A photo accompanied the post, which showed sheets of paper strewn across the floor and overturned furniture.

The church released an update Tuesday evening to thank those who came together to clean up the mess, which included members from other churches in the area.

“I hope you have a family like this,” the message read. “A church family full of love, laughter and all about doing God’s will.”

Alcorn County Sheriff’s Office officials said they were called to help the Farmington Police Department investigate a burglary.

Caldwell said Schneider did not attend church regularly but had been seen at a service the previous Sunday.

He said investigators quickly identified her as a suspect using security camera footage. It is unclear how much money in damages was caused by the incident.

And, Caldwell said, the motive for the vandalism was not specified.

Newsweek contacted Farmington Baptist Church for comment.

Anti-Semitic vandalism was uncovered at two cultural centers and a high school in Chicago, leading to the arrest of Shahid Hussain. He faced four hate crime charges and criminal charges.

A Spanish town that was once called “Fort Kill the Jews” for nearly 400 years has been defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti.

A Ukrainian bakery owned by a former member of Canadian parliament has been defaced with pro-Russian messages.

Jerry B. Hatch