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Vandals hit more North Tahoe churches, this time in California

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — A trend of vandalism and spray-painting crimes at North Lake Tahoe places of worship has now crossed state lines.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects responsible for vandalizing churches on the California side of the lake this week.

Between Sunday, Sept. 13, and Monday, Sept. 14, multiple churches were vandalized in the region, including one in Kings Beach and one in Tahoe City, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

“One religious statue and exterior walls were spray-painted with offensive statements,” officials said Tuesday afternoon.

The locations and names of the churches hit this week were not immediately available.

Numerous phone messages for PCSO officials seeking further information were not returned for this story.

Detectives are working with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, which has also had several churches vandalized in Incline Village, including more-aggressive attempts in recent weeks to break windows and attempts to cut down a wooden cross.

The FBI is involved in those investigations, which started in April when all five of the town’s churches were spray painted with anti-Christianity messages.

Anyone with information regarding the Tahoe City and Kings Beach crimes is urged to contact PCSO Det. John Riella at 530-581-6325.

Those wishing to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 should contact Placer County Crime Stoppers at 800-923-8191, or visit http://www.placercrimestoppers.com.

In Incline Village, parishioners of several churches announced they are offering an additional $6,500 reward for the arrest and successful prosecution of a suspect or suspects in the crimes, according to WCSO.

The reward will be added to the $5,000 reward offered by the FBI, and another $1,000 offered by Secret Witness — bringing the Incline Village total to $12,500.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the WCSO Incline Village Substation at 775-832-4107; or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.

Information regarding this case can also be relayed to the FBI by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI.