Deputies searching for vandals who spray-painted church, Veterans Park

Investigators say it happened between Nov. 9 and Nov. 15.

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. — Police are looking for the vandals who targeted a church and a park.

Cherokee County deputies say vandals spray-painted graffiti at Veterans Park on Cumming Highway and at Pointe Church on Marvin Land Lane in Canton.

Pastor Brian Jones told Channel 2's Christian Jennings that the church has only been in the building for about a year and half.

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Before landing at the current building, Jones said the church was struggling financially, bouncing around and renting different spaces wherever it could.

So, for its members, what was painted on the back wall of the church is extremely frustrating.

“We recognize the church as really the people, not the building,” Jones said.

But that doesn’t take away the frustration among the congregation when they saw graffiti all over their place of worship.

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“It’s just disappointing that we would be in a community where you would see some things happening like this,” Jones said.

Jones said he found the graffiti last week.

“My first thought was it’s probably some younger people that didn’t really think about the damage they were doing,” Jones said.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office told Jennings deputies believe the same vandals hit the park as well – twice.

A Sheriff’s Office spokesperson says one of its deputies who works with an FBI task force that focuses on gangs is looking into the incidents.

Jones said he’s praying for whoever did this.

“We’ve all done things that we regret. We’ve all done things we wish we hadn’t, and so I hope they reach a point where they realize they shouldn’t have done that and seek to make it right,” Jones said.

Deputies say a home under construction not far from church was also tagged with graffiti. Investigators are trying to determine if that's connected, as well.

Anyone with information about who’s responsible is asked to call the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at 770-928-0239.