Priest: Men who vandalized Greenport church called to apologize

<p>The two men caught on camera vandalizing the St. Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church in Greenport last week called to apologize, according to Father Jerry Ballas.</p>

News 12 Staff

Aug 28, 2018, 6:54 PM

Updated 2,099 days ago

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The two men caught on camera vandalizing the St. Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church in Greenport last week called to apologize, according to Father Jerry Ballas.
The priest says he received two phone calls from men claiming to be the suspects shown in a surveillance video destroying property. Both said they had been drinking and didn't remember the incident.
News 12 showed the surveillance video of the two men who broke a window, damaged the church's sign and pushed over potted plants.
Father Ballas says he didn’t buy their explanation.
"In my opinion, these kids acted with hate. They knew what they were doing," said Father Ballas.
Southold Town Police wouldn't confirm whether or not they have identified the two suspects. The police chief told News 12 he's confident there will be a “successful end” to the investigation soon. They are urging anyone with information to call them at 631-765-2600.
Father Ballas says he's received phone calls from strangers and out-of-towners who have offered to help repair or pay for the damage at the church.


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