Authorities are investigating a bias crime in Morris County , New Jersey after five predominately black churches were vandalized.
Police say they were notified by church officials Saturday about the vandalism overnight at the Church of God in Christ for all Saints; Bethel A.M.E. Church, Calvary Baptist Church; and Union Baptist Church, all in Morristown; and Morristown Church of Christ in Morris Township.
According to ABC 7, the pastor of one of the targets, Bethel A.M.E., said the church had surveillance video that captured the person who is believed to have committed the acts of vandalism, and it has been turned over to police.
Authorities say they have increased the number of patrols in the area and ask people to remain vigilant.
New Jersey Governor-elect, Phil Murphy, said he was “disgusted” by the reported vandalism at the New Jerssey churches.
Disgusted by reported vandalism of African-American churches across Morristown. These cowardly acts will not shake our faith. They will renew our determination to come together as one NJ. -PM
— Phil Murphy (@PhilMurphyNJ) November 26, 2017
Anyone with information is asked to contact Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Bias Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200.