Church Signs Vandalized and Stolen

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

For weeks, vandals have been targeting the signs of a Colorado Springs church, causing at least $500 in damages, and police say other churches have been the victim of similar crimes.

The crime spree is happening on the northeast side of Colorado Springs, near Springs Ranch Elementary. The Gospel of Grace Church has been placing its signs along a stretch of Peterson Rd, showing people where this new church holds its services. But, people aren't getting the directions because the signs are either stolen or tagged with spray paint.

The church has only been around for a year, and about two months ago its signs started disappearing. "They were stolen and vandalized, and now this right here," said Pastor David Moore just before Sunday’s church service, pointing to a sign that had been covered with spray paint.

"It seems like it's foolish, it's petty and it's completely unnecessary," Pastor Moore said. "This is not the way."

When the signs first started disappearing Pastor Moore and his wife reported the crime to police, then took matters into their own hands. They bought locks and chains. They hoped the signs would stay put for drivers to see. "Obviously that did not work," Pastor Moore said.

He puts the signs up every Sunday morning, before service. Then he picks them up afterward. Even though he keeps a close eye on them, they still get damaged.

"This is America and this is freedom of expression of religion,” Pastor Moore said.

The Pastor and his wife have even begun staking out the neighborhood on Sunday mornings. They said this Sunday they watched someone who they think was vandalizing their signs. They were able to write down the license plate of the car he was in and they gave the information to Colorado Springs police. CSPD told 11 News this same crime is happening to several other churches.

The pastor says each of the signs costs at least $60 to replace.


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  • by Jared Location: cos on Nov 4, 2010 at 07:20 PM
    Why doesn't this church put up a real sign people can't pull out of the ground? Seems to me if you are spending money on new signs every week it would just be obvious but you how christians are..
  • by CatholicInCS Location: C.S. on Nov 2, 2010 at 01:32 PM
    @Kay, the Catholics are Christians but not all Christians are Catholic. It looks like you got this mixed up.
  • by Randy Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 2, 2010 at 09:46 AM
    Whether the signs are there legally or not, in accordance with city ordinance or not, whether they have been placing the signs for a week, a year or ten years, does NOT give anyone the right to vandalize or steal the signs that do not belong to them. The church has every right to attempt to locate those who are doing this. If they are outside of the law in the placement of the signs, is NOT a citizen concern but one of the govt. that represents the citizens, and the police and enforcement agencies that are established to enforce said policies.
  • by Jim Location: Springs on Nov 2, 2010 at 07:54 AM
    This whole thing is unfortunate. If you believe in a specific relgion or political party, that is your business. The larger issue is about respect and tolerance. These are things that most people should have, but forget when the really need it most.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 2, 2010 at 04:40 AM
    @Danielle, don't you feel our police know how to do their job to assess if the signs are legal or not?
  • by Danielle Location: Pueblo on Nov 1, 2010 at 06:26 PM
    ooo bunch of crazies! Jesus is watching....
  • by Xeno555 Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 1, 2010 at 04:30 PM
    Do the signs meet city code? http://www.springsgov.com/page.aspx?navid=802
  • by Kay on Nov 1, 2010 at 01:20 PM
    Um, Bradley, the Christian church will be here long after you have started roasting, and please tell me why the Catholic church will be the first to go? You obviously need to get your religions straight as although some Catholics are Christian, certainly not all of them are; therefore, the Catholic church and the Christian church are not one in the same. Which one is it you hate? Or is it both? Maybe it is you who is committing these crimes...
  • by Annother Free Thinker Location: colorado springs, co on Nov 1, 2010 at 12:16 PM
    Outlaw, your comment is irrelevant and makes you look like an idiot. I think Brad has valid points, but we don't necessarily have to use vandalism to further the advance of knowledge and the inevitable downfall of the lies of Christianity.
  • by mr x Location: se spgs on Nov 1, 2010 at 12:04 PM
    simple. just attach a grenade to the sign. then you will have caught the sob! nuttin like splattered guts and body parts all over the place.
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