Cleaning underway after vandals damaged Waterloo church - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Cleaning underway after vandals damaged Waterloo church

Posted: Updated:
"It was like an emotional punch in the stomach," said Pastor Garry Moore as he walked through the doors of Burton Avenue Baptist Church in Waterloo.

Sometime Friday night, thieves broke in a back door, stole computers and audio equipment, then took the fire extinguishers off the wall and sprayed the foam everywhere.


Daniel Hambly with Hambly Restoration and Cleaning has been in the business for nearly 13 years. He's cleaned up his fair share of messes, but he says this is one of the worst cases of vandalism he's ever seen.

"It's a shame that people have so little respect for property and then on top of it they go into a place where people worship God," said Hambly.

While surveying the damage, Moore even noticed drops of blood throughout the church as if someone cut themselves while damaging the place.

Moore says this won't dampen their spirits but he wants the people responsible to hear this message.

"When my savior hung on the cross being treated the worse possible, he said father forgive them for they know not what they do and I want to forgive you but I want you to realize for your best God has established authorities to deal with this for your best," said Moore.

Cleaning crews say it may take several weeks before the church is cleaned one hundred percent and it's unclear if services will be held there on Sunday.

Waterloo Police say they do have surveillance video, but when KWWL asked to see it they did not call back.



  • NEWSNEWSMore>>

  • Wartburg music professor will conduct Iowa All-State Choir

    Wartburg music professor will conduct Iowa All-State Choir

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:19 AM EDT2014-07-30 11:19:59 GMT
    Dr. Lee Nelson, Wartburg College director of choral activities, has been selected to conduct the 68th annual Iowa All-State Choir in November.According to the Wartburg Marketing and Communications, the associate professor of music will conduct the 600 selected singers during their Iowa Music Festival performance at Iowa State University’s Hilton Coliseum, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m.More than 3,000 students will audition this fall for the annual concert that dates back to 1946.“It is the most presti...More >>
    Dr. Lee Nelson, Wartburg College director of choral activities, has been selected to conduct the 68th annual Iowa All-State Choir in November.According to the Wartburg Marketing and Communications, the associate professor of music will conduct the 600 selected singers during their Iowa Music Festival performance at Iowa State University’s Hilton Coliseum, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m.More than 3,000 students will audition this fall for the annual concert that dates back to 1946.“It is the most presti...More >>
  • Dog searches for bombs and protects troops

    Dog searches for bombs and protects troops

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:47 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:47:06 GMT
    A U.S. Marine from Cedar Falls and his dog, are making it safer for their fellow soldiers. Taylor Cross, 21, is a Marine corporal and graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 2012. He is the caretaker and trainer for Vito, an explosive detector. They both are currently serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines in Afghanistan.More >>
    A U.S. Marine from Cedar Falls and his dog, are making it safer for their fellow soldiers. Taylor Cross, 21, is a Marine corporal and graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 2012. He is the caretaker and trainer for Vito, an explosive detector. They both are currently serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines in Afghanistan.
    More >>
  • Frederika restaurant burns down

    Frederika restaurant burns down

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:58 AM EDT2014-07-30 09:58:38 GMT
    Firefighters spent the night battling a large fire at the Bottomz Up restaurant in Frederika.More >>
    Firefighters spent the night battling a large fire at the Bottomz Up restaurant in Frederika.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KWWL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.