Woman Allegedly Broke Into Church and Left 'Wake of Destruction'

A woman who has been accused of breaking into a church located in Corinth, Mississippi, early Tuesday morning was arrested.

"In the wee hours of this morning, our church was broken into," a Facebook post published by the Farmington Baptist Church read. "They took nothing, but left a wake of destruction."

Alcorn County Sheriff's Office said in a statement published on Facebook that Amy Schneider, 36, was charged with burglary and destruction of a church. Alcorn County Sheriff Ben Caldwell told Newsweek destruction of a church fell under the same charge as vandalizing a public building.

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Police arrested and charged a woman who reportedly broke into a church and left a mess in Mississippi. Here, a stock image of a broken window. erlucho/iStock

FindLaw, a law information website, said that the penalties for vandalizing a public building may vary, depending on the extent of the value of the damages.

Someone who is found guilty may face fines that range from $1,000 up to $25,000, and some may be required to serve time in jail from one year to up to 20 years.

According to the Farmington Baptist Church, members of the church were met with a "mess" of hymnal pages, broken glass and spots of blood.

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Because of the extent of the damage, the church canceled activities and services on Wednesday.

"We are thankful that nothing that really 'mattered' was harmed," the post continued.

A photo accompanied the post, which showed sheets of paper strewn across the floor and furniture that was knocked over.

The church posted an update Tuesday evening to thank those who came together to clean up the mess, which included members of other churches in the area.

"I hope that you have a family like this," the post said. "A church family full of love, laughter, and all about the business of doing God's will."

Officials with the Alcorn County Sheriff's Office said they were called to help the Farmington Police Department investigate a burglary.

Caldwell said Schneider did not regularly attend the church but was seen at a service the previous Sunday.

He said investigators quickly identified her as a suspect with the help of footage from a security camera. It is not known how much money in damages was caused by the incident.

And, Caldwell said, a motive behind the vandalism was not made clear.

Newsweek reached out to the Farmington Baptist Church for comment.

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