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Vandals break into NE Atlanta church

ATLANTA -- For more than 50 years, Mt. Zion Second Baptist Church has stood at the corner of Boulevard and Irwin Street in the Old Fourth Ward.

The church feeds the homeless and invites the community to worship.

But Deacon James Q. Jackson wasn't doing any of those things Friday. Instead he was cleaning up.

"When we got here we discovered someone had broken into the lower part of the church," said Jackson.

The suspect smashed the glass doors in the lower part of the church. As soon as the alarm went off, he fled through the front door.

Nothing was stolen, but the damage was left behind. Our cameras were there as APD crime techs surveyed the scene.

Later, church leaders cleaned up.

They tell me they won't let this senseless crime impact their ability to continue helping the community they serve.        

"That's just collateral damage of being in this neighborhood," said Jackson "We're hoping this neighborhood will change and that we can make a difference in this neighborhood."