LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A Warren County man has been charged for the vandalism done to a Liberty Township church.
Nickolas Marcu, 27, of Liberty Township NJ, was charged with bias intimidation, aggravated arson, burglary, criminal mischief and theft.
On October 22, at 5:36 a.m., troopers from the Washington station responded to the Free Union United Methodist Church, located on Marble Hill Rd, for a report of a burglary and criminal mischief to the church, spokesperson for the New Jersey State Police Lt. Theodore Schafer said.
Sometime between Thursday October, 19th and Sunday October 22nd, Marcu allegedly broke into the church causing extensive damage to religious items and property within the church. As well as property damage, several religious items such as bibles and hymnals were set on fire. The front entrance was broken and damage was made to the organ, piano, and various other religious materials, state police said.
After a follow up investigation which included witness interviews and evidence collection from the scene, Troopers arrested Marcu at his home, state police said.
Marcu was processed at the State Police Washington Station and was then lodged in the Warren County Jail.
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(Nickolas Marcu/Courtesy: NJSP)