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New Jersey church vandal suspect arrested on multiple charges

LIBERTY TWP., N.J. - New Jersey State Police have arrested Nickolas Marcu in connection with the Free Union Methodist Church vandalism.

Within hours of posting the incident online, the amount of likes and shares led the detective bureau to the 27-year-old of Liberty Township as a suspect.

Investigations included witness interviews and evidence collection from the scene. 

Extensive damage was reported at Free Union Methodist Church in Warren County between the dates of Oct. 19 and Oct. 22. 

According to police, the church was broken into and religious items and other property inside the church were damaged. Several Bibles and hymnals were set on fire.

The damage continues into the front entrance, which was broken, as well as the organ and piano. 

Troopers arrested Marcu at his home and charged him with aggravated arson, burglary, criminal mischief, theft and bias intimidation. 

According to police, he was processed at the State Police Washington Station and relayed to Warren County Jail. 


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