Police investigate vandalism at South Bay church

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Vandalism reported Sunday at a church in Chula Vista was under investigation as a hate crime.

Employees at South Bay Pentecostal Church found several spray-painted messages on the wall, including the word “Lucifer,” an apparent pentagram and other scrawlings, police said.

Surveillance footage captured by cameras at the church showed a vehicle pull up to the location around 12:30 a.m. Sunday and two individuals get out before going to the back of the church, where the graffiti was found, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. No detailed descriptions of the suspects were available.

The church recently became involved in a controversy after one of its pastors spoke out against Drag Queen Storytime, an event during which drag queens read to children that is scheduled to take place Tuesday at the Chula Vista Public Library.

Authorities have not said whether or not they believe the vandalism was connected to the September 10 event.

The Chula Vista Police Department was investigating the incident.

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