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Vandals hit church for third time

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Members of a Northside church are reeling Thursday night, stunned by another act of vandalism, this being the third time it has happened.

The pastor at Mt. Sinai Missionary Holy Church said vandals didn't just steal and destroy one part of the church, they ransacked all of it.

There were signs of damage at the church where Bethune Elementary School lived until 2001. 

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Now there are empty spaces where thieves took lawnmowers, generators, compressors and power cords that had not been uncoiled, even once.

The church's musical instruments and microphones were also ripped off.

Chief Apostle Rhonda Mitchell-Addo calls it devastating to be dealing with the damage again. She said vandals went from room to room leaving their mark.

"I have heard people say that they felt violated when thieves go into their personal space, and you see someone has been in there and invaded it, it's indescribable," Mitchell-Addo said.

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Mitchell-Addo said the vandals tagged their work with "45th," which she believes is gang related, but investigators have not made that connection.

She also said she wants to see more help from people in her community to protect the community's interests.