Man Confesses to Church Vandalism, Says He'll Be Rewarded by God

September 12, 2011 Updated Sep 12, 2011 at 8:33 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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September 12, 2011 Updated Sep 12, 2011 at 8:33 PM EDT


Cheektowaga, NY (WKBW)- Cheektowaga Police have arrested a 30-year-old man in connected to an unusual vandalism case at St. Philip the Apostle R.C. Church located on Losson Road in Cheektowaga. Police say 30-year-old Michael Taylor confessed to damaging and defacing 3 historic statues. The pastor of the church discovered the damage last Thursday before 7 o'clock mass. Detectives say Taylor has been homeless for a few months and was known to patrol officers. Officers stopped and questioned him on French Road in connection to the vandalism. When officers approached, Taylor was reading aloud from the bible and stated "God's law superseded New York State Law". Police also found notes similar to those left at the church following the vandalism citing biblical verses about false gods and idols. Taylor later confessed to the vandalism, and led police to a shed where officers found a hammer allegedly used to damage the statues.

"He was not remorseful. I asked him if he wanted me to say anything to the Father (of the church) for him. He said no and said he was glad he did it," said Cheektowaga Police Detective Terence Griffin.

Taylor was charged with Criminal Mischief in the 2nd degree. Taylor was denied bail until a psychological exam can be performed. The Pastor of St. Philip the Apostle Church says the arrest is a relief, since many were worried about other churches or places of worship being vandalized. The pastor is still seeing if any of the statues can be restored or replaced. The average cost of a statue is $7,000