Vandals ransack local church

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Someone broke through the glass front doors of MacAlpine Presbyterian Church overnight Saturday. And once inside, they caused plenty of damage.

Henry White, the chairman of the church’s board, showed News 4 around the church Monday morning, pointing out how far the vandals went over the weekend.
He says he thinks whoever broke in grew frustrated after failing to break into a safe in the church office.

Instead, they ripped the fire extinguishers off the wall, and used them to pound holes in the drywall and break through other doors.

Although Henry said he heard two other churches along Bailey Avenue were broken into the same night, there wasn’t any evidence of other break-ins, and police said they’re still looking into the matter.

Henry said he was surprised about the break-in, especially considering there’s not much of monetary value inside the building.

“A church is not something that you’d think that someone would break into, and so we were very upset about it,” he said. “But we’re just going to pray for them. We will put them on the prayer line. … We were very upset, but we have calmed down now.”

While there’s just plywood up now where the glass used to be, Henry said church leaders plan to buy a more secure door. And as for the rest of the building, they’re also going to invest in a new alarm system. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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