Three boys, 15, arrested as cops investigate $80,000 in damage to tiny Thornton church

Three boys, 15, arrested as cops investigate $80,000 in damage to tiny Thornton church

Three 15-year-old Thornton boys were arrested in connection with the vandalism of a small community church that left the place with a whopping $80,000 in estimated damage, police said.

Two of the boys were arrested Tuesday night and one was arrested Wednesday morning, Thornton Police spokesman Matt Barnes said.

Police used physical evidence to link the boys to the vandalism, but Barnes declined to elaborate.

The teens are initially being investigated for second-degree burglary and felony criminal mischief. Barnes said additional charges could be added as the investigation continues.

The vandalism happened on Monday during broad daylight at Destiny Outreach Ministries church, 750 W. 96th Ave. in Thornton.

The damage was so severe minister Renee Coventry said it looked like work only a tornado could have achieved.

Despite the chaos, the church is forging on with Good Friday and Easter Sunday services, helped by community volunteers who have been showing up for days to clean, rebuild and donate money toward rebuilding the congregation’s space.

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