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Three teens charged for church and cemetery vandalism

Three teens are facing charges for vandalizing Brown's Chapel CME and its cemetery. Macon County Sheriff's office say they booked 17-year-old Rebecca Kipp today. She lives on the same road as the church. The two others are 13 and 15-years-old. Their case is being transferred to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Americus.

Sheriff Cannon at the Macon County Sheriff office says, "They're going to be faced with three different counts. Vandalism to a cemetery, vandalism to a church, and criminal trespass."

According to Cannon, all three individuals admitted to vandalizing the church and say they were bored.

Vicki Padgett, neighbor of Kipp, has no sympathy for the teens. She says, "They should be in trouble. They should pay for what they did."

She says her niece used to be friends with Kipp's sister but stopped the friendship because she felt uncomfortable. Although her family does not attend Brown's Chapel CME, she believes no amount of money can make up for the desecration.

"The parents say they will pay for everything but you can't pay for some of that stuff. It's memories. Some of that stuff is over a hundred years old. You can't replace that. You can't replace the damage," says Padgett.

Much of the damage has been cleaned by church members over the past week.

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