JEFFERSON TWP., Ohio (WDTN) — For most of her life, Stephanie Brackett has called Open Door Pentacostal Church home.
“I have been going to this church since I was a baby,” said Brackett.
It is a small church hidden off U.S. 35 in Jefferson Township.
About 20 people regularly visit but they will get more on holidays.
But the members who visited last Sunday were appalled to find their church had turned into a dumping ground.
“Whoever is responsible for it should come up here and clean it up,” said Brackett.
During a four hour period when nobody was at the church, the parking lot was littered with trash.
Cans, roofing shingles, and plastic siding were thrown away behind the church.
This is not the first time, either. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was called out to the church in March where deputies found another mess.
Mattresses, drawers, and trash bags were found dumped behind the church.
These trash piles have not been the first problems for the small church.
Last year, an air conditioning unit was dismantled and left behind with all of the wiring stripped.
A few years ago, thieves broke into the church and stole several items prompting the church to install a security system.
For the church’s members, they just want to left alone.
“Whoever is doing it, please stop doing it,” said Brackett. “Respect the people that go to the church and respect that God is watching you, too.”
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is helping clean up the trash.
Deputies are investigating.