Two 12-year-olds charged in daytime vandalism of East Bridgewater Catholic church

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A fire was set near the church’s altar and items stolen from the food pantry.

A fire was set Friday at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church in East Bridgewater. Yellow fire retardant powder stains the cloth covering the altar. Courtesy/East Bridgewater Police Department

Two 12-year-olds are facing a handful of charges in connection with Friday’s daytime vandalism of a Catholic church in East Bridgewater.

East Bridgewater police and firefighters responded to St. John the Evangelist at 210 Central Street on Friday afternoon. An initial investigation found a fire had been set near the church’s altar, damaging the altar cloth as well as a Bible. Food items were also taken from the church’s pantry.

A witness and video footage led investigators to charging the two 12-year-olds, a boy and a girl, East Bridgewater police said Tuesday. Both children are facing charges of burning a building, larceny from a building, destruction of property over $1,200, and breaking and entering a building in the daytime — a felony. 

The 12-year-olds will be arraigned in Brockton District Juvenile Court.