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Pastor reaches out to teens who vandalized his church

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Two teens vandalized Trinity Assembly of God Church in Mount Morris over the weekend.

The church's senior pastor, Larry Alverson, told TV5 the teens caused a total of $15,000 to $20,000 in damage to church property.

"It just brought us to tears, it's sad," Alverson said.

The two teens broke into a pole barn on church property early morning Saturday.  

The duo busted out windows to the church buses and poured paint and oil over them.

The young boys tossed paint on the dashboard of one of the buses and wrote expletives on both of them.

The church is still recovering from a recent incident.

"We were just hit a few weeks ago with a major claim for a bunch of air conditioning units where they took a bunch of copper out them and it cost $85,000," Alverson explained.

A long driveway leads into the church. Alverson said the church decided to install video cameras in order to spot cars coming in and out of the pot. The teens were able to avoid detection because they walked from the back of the building.

"We weren't ready for that," Alverson admits. "But we are now."

TV5 learned today that one of the teens would be charged as an adult and the other as a juvenile.

Alverson hopes the teens avoid jail time.

"I'd love to put them in front of the church an have them ask for their forgiveness ... that would go a long way I think," Alverson said. "I think they'd be surprised by the response of the congregation."

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