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Third adult charged in Belleville church crime

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By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer

BELLEVILLE, Il. ( – A third adult has been charged with vandalizing the News Freedom Church in Belleville.

Investigators say the pastor of Belleville’s New Freedom Baptist Church saw several people enter the place of worship July 31. Police who were summoned say they found racial epithets written inside, as well as other vandalism.

Prosecutors charged Brian Dyer, 18, with criminal property damage on Monday.  A 19-year-old has been charged with burglary.

Another adult, Cody Engelke, was previously charged with a hate crime in the case.  Police also arrested four juveniles.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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