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Vandals leave candles burning in Ayer church

Officers responded to a call from church representatives at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Faulkner Street at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Ayer Police Department
Officers responded to a call from church representatives at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Faulkner Street at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Candles were left burning and several items were damaged when a church was vandalized Tuesday night in Ayer, police said.

Officers responded to a call from church representatives at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Faulkner Street at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday after the person found the front door to the church had been forced open and several items had been damaged inside, police said.

“Among the vandalized items, the perpetrator(s) lit all of the candles on a shrine inside the church, which were still burning on the officers’ arrival,” police said in a statement.

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Police have found no cameras in the area, and they have no specific leads yet, Ayer Deputy Police Chief Brian Gill said.

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“When a place of worship is victimized, it’s a disturbing event not only for the parishioners, but also for the community as a whole because of their close connections to the neighborhoods they are in,” police said in the statement.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Kellie Barhight at 978-772-8200 ext. 507.

Sabrina Schnur can be reached at sabrina.schnur@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @sabrina_schnur.