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Teens Arrested In Break-In, Vandalism At Church In Mayfair

Church vandalized in Northeast Philadelphia on June 18, 2014. (credit: Jenn Bernstein)

Church vandalized in Northeast Philadelphia on June 18, 2014. (credit: Jenn Bernstein)

By Jenn Bernstein

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police believe three teenagers broke into a Mayfair church and vandalized its property.

It happened early Wednesday morning at the Church of Grace to Fujianese on Wellington Street.

Investigators say two of the suspects — one of them 18, the other a juvenile — were arrested and are in custody.

They are still searching for the third suspect.

Police say just after 2 a.m., they responded to the church. While there, two of the suspects ran while the third remained inside the building.

He was arrested thanks to help from a K-9 searching the church.

Police also caught a young woman who tried to run from the scene.

It’s believed they gained entry through a second floor broken window.

The sign on the lawn of the church is also damaged.

The Church of Grace to Fujianese opened in 2008 and is a branch of a Chinese church based in New York.

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