Illinois Woman Charged With Vandalizing 20 Churches, Mosques

AP

An Illinois woman is facing felony charges for allegedly vandalizing 20 houses of worship, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Meghan Heinze, 22, allegedly used red spray paint to deface religious institutions in a number of towns including Gurnee, Waukegan and Libertyville since Feb. 14. According to the Tribune, those institutions included several churches and at least one mosque.

Heinze reportedly confessed to police that she spray-painted words, upside-down crosses and smiley faces. Investigators found text messages suggesting that Heinze was trying to get access to a gun, and her mother told police that Heinze had become obsessed with “with Nazis and serial killer videos,” the Tribune reported.

Heinze appeared in court Friday, and faces charges including criminal defacement to property at a place of worship and criminal damage to property. After the hearing, Heinze’s mother approached a prosecutor, and told him that, “I apologize for my daughter’s actions, even though she is an adult … She has no priors, not even a traffic ticket. She’s not in her right mind.”

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