Suspect charged in church vandalism spree

11:17 AM, Oct 1, 2012   |    comments
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BUFFALO, Minn. - A Buffalo man faces a potential five years in prison after being charged in vandalism spree that damaged a handful of Wright County churches.

Wade Edward Murray, age 30, told authorities that God and Jesus were "talking to him," telling him to place cardboard signs and carry out acts of vandalism at Hosanna Lutheran, Buffalo Presbyterian, St. Franics Xavier Catholic, 7th Day Adventist, and Buffalo United Methodist Churches.

Damage to the buildings was estimated to be in excess of $7,500 dollars.

Investigators were able to trace the incidents to Murray using UPC codes recovered from the tagboard used to make the signs. Those codes led to the local Walmart, where they were able to access surveillance photos of Murray.

A reported gasoline drive-off identified a van that was registered to the suspect.

On September 26 Buffalo Police Chief Mitch Weinzetl received a call from the FBI saying that Murray was at their office in Brooklyn Center. Weinzetl traveled to the Twin Cities to question Murray, who told him that God wants him to hurt people.

Wade Murray is charged with one felony county of criminal damage to property.

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