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Community comes together for church cleanup after bizarre break in

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Members of the Spokane community came together Wednesday to help clean up the Salem Lutheran Church in Northwest Spokane after a bizarre break in. 

Pastor Liv Larson Andrews says whoever broke in lit candles, pulled religious items out of storage, threw them around, drank wine, scribbled on a window, and defecated in a trash can. 

Pastor Andrews does not believe this vandalism was done out of hate, but said it is still a pain to have to clean up the mess that was left behind. Members and volunteers of all ages showed up Wednesday morning to help clean up the bizarre damage that was left behind by vandals who broke in sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning. "So yeah, nothing a little sweat and soap can't repair," said Pastor Andrews.

Pastor Liv has served at Salem Lutheran church on W. Broadway for seven years and has never seen anything like this before. "Walking in the room where our people gather every week to see it so disrespected...that was pretty hard," she said

People were on their hands and knees scraping up the melted candle wax that was all over the floor. They also used an iron to get wax out of the fabric from the pews.

Steve - who is not a member of the church -  saw the Facebook posting about the damage. He used his personal time to help clean up the wax on the floor using his light up baseball cap to help find and scrape the mess up. "I just figured they needed some help and I had some time this morning, "Steve said.

Pastor Liv feels humbled and a little teary eyed from the outpouring support by the Spokane community "So in awe and so grateful we are not alone even when rough things like this occur we are part of a community that comes together," Pastor Liv Larson Andrews added.

Spokane police are investigating this break-in. If you have any information please call crime check at 509-456-2233. 

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