Pickens Co. churches vandalized, 1 with call to release bomb suspect

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PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A church was vandalized in Pickens County with words that appear to be a call for the release of a suspected pipe bomber.

The words were spray painted on Bible Baptist Church’s property, which is located on Gentry Memorial Highway.

“Free Mike Seabrooke. Must go free now,” was written on two buildings in green spray paint.

Pastor Mike Dibler said bomb-sniffing dogs with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office were at the church Sunday morning to ensure there was no bomb threat.

He said the church canceled Sunday school.

Pickens County deputies said detectives do not believe Seabrooke was connected to the vandalism in any way. They also do not have any evidence that an accomplice assisted Seabrooke with the pipe bombs incidents.

The Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Pickens View Wesleyan Church on Gentry Memorial Highway were also vandalized, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Seventh Day Adventist Church had windows busted out. The Pickens View Wesleyan Church had church van tires cut.

Detectives will continue to review surveillance video and investigate the vandalism.

Anyone with information regarding the incidents should contact the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.

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