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Pre-Revolutionary War-era church desecrated by vandals

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At least two people vandalized the Old Trinity Church in Brooklyn last week. (WFSB photo) At least two people vandalized the Old Trinity Church in Brooklyn last week. (WFSB photo)
BROOKLYN, CT (WFSB) -

A church in Brooklyn, CT was burglarized and desecrated.

Now investigators are trying to track down whoever ransacked the Old Trinity Church on Church Street last week.

Officials said the church was built in 1771 and that they consider it priceless. They also said it’s not the first time something like this has happened.

“It is the treasure of the parish,” said Dick Booth of Brooklyn.

Booth said he has been the caretaker of the historic landmark for decades.

"It means a very great deal,” Booth said. "[It] gives the town a focal point, a sense of continuity."

That’s why Booth and others said they were horrified to learn what happened.

State police said some of the original windows of the church were smashed with rocks, a fire extinguisher was sprayed inside and a radio was stolen.

“There has been a long history of vandalism in this building and I guess I thought ‘they're at it again,’" Booth told Eyewitness News.

Troopers said they interviewed witnesses and collected a host of evidence from the church, including footprints.

They said at least two people were involved. So far, however, they have no suspects.

"In any burglary, whether it’s your personal residence, your business or in this case a historical landmark, finding who did this is very important to both the owner, so to speak, and the police," said Trooper Kelly Grant, state police.

While the church is only used for special occasions, it continues to hold a special place in the hearts of those who live in the town.

Broken glass now sits next to a Bible, a visible reminder to the community that they will rebuild together. They said they also understand that things will never be the same.

“You can duplicate the old windows but you can't replace them,” Booth said.

The cost of the damage was not calculated as of Tuesday.

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call state police.

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