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“Religion is a mind virus.”

Those words along with the initials “NOZ” in capital letters were spray-painted in black onto the exteriors of three Batavia churches: Grace Baptist, Assembly of God and City Church Downtown.

Batavia Police are investigating the criminal mischief matter. There are no suspects or descriptions at this time. The wording and style of black spray paint was similar at all three locations. 

“It’s always a concern when someone vandalizes a church," Detective Sergeant Pat Corona said. "The reason is also of concern. We’ll hopefully find out more about that as we investigate.”

At City Church, the graffiti was done on glass which was simple to clean up; but at Grace Baptist, the surface vandalized was brick and at Assembly of God, wood, which is much more difficult to clean up.

If you have any information, call Batavia Police at 345-6350 or the confidential tip line at 345-6370. You can also access the suspicious activity reporting link here:

















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