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ICC Note: Four young adults in the Air Force are now facing charges after they allegedly defaced a historic church in South Carolina. Although their motive for the crime is unclear, the church was spray-painted with several satanic symbols and the door was also forcibly opened. The four suspects confessed to the crimes and are now restricted from leaving their base during certain hours and may receive further punishment.

By Heather Clark

10/16/2017 United States (Christian News Network) – Four Air Force service members have been arrested after surveillance footage connected them to a recent act of vandalism at a historic South Carolina church.

Kayla Eilerman, 18, Clayre Savage, 18, Daveion Green, 19, and Brandon Munoz, 20, are facing charges of malicious injury to a house of worship, conspiracy and trespassing surrounding the incident, which occurred late last month. They all are stationed at Shaw Air Force Base, approximately 25 miles away.

According to reports, on Sept. 29, a member of Salem Black River Presbyterian Church in Mayesville called police after discovering that the church had been defaced with pentagrams, an upside-down cross and the word “Satan.” 20 spray-painted markings were found around the exterior of the church and two other buildings on the property. A door had also been kicked in.

Police soon released images from the church’s security footage, which led to tips from the general public.

“Several tips came in from the community, including from Shaw AFB personnel who gave us the names of possible suspects,” Ken Bell, spokesperson for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement. “We began researching the names through various databases and social media.”

The four were then arrested on Thursday and held on $15,000 bond at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center. According to the Sumter Item, all four confessed to their part in the crime.

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