Arrest Made in Church Vandalism Case

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - Juneau Police have arrested one person connected to a string of destruction of church properties.

    On October 23rd after midnight, officers were conducting security checks of churches in the Mendenhall Valley and discovered two broken windows at the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. Officers found a woman in the church and her bicycle, which matched descriptions of those seen in other cases of church vandalism. Once inside, officers arrested 24-year-old Alesa Abbott who when caught yelled at officers to take her to jail.

    There was a brief struggle, but Abbott was detained. She was found to be in possession of a backpack and a crowbar, as well as a credit card that belonged to the church's pastor. Damages in this incident were estimated to be around $500.

    Abbott was arrested on charges of burglary 2nd degree, a class C felony, theft 2nd degree, a class C felony, and criminal mischief 4th degree, a class A misdemeanor. She was taken to the jail and held without bail.

    Abbott is also considered a person of interest in other cases of church vandalism.

    Early the next morning after Abbott's arrest there were two more instances of broken windows at a business and at the Juneau Christian Center. At the Christian Center, there was a note found that was similar to one found at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Details of either note are not being released as the case is still under investigation by police.


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