Man Charged with Vandalism for Spray Painting Message on Side of Church Building

January 4, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

A Smithville man is charged with vandalism for spray painting a message on the side of a church building and leaving another message on the front door.

36-year-old Matthew Dewayne Griffith of Short Mountain Road, Smithville will make a court appearance on January 13 for vandalism over $1,000 and driving on a revoked or suspended license. His bond is $15,000.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said an investigation revealed that on August 18, Griffith vandalized a church on Old Snow Hill Road by spray painting “Stop Loaning Your Church Out” on the side of the building. A note was also left on the door which stated, “Be A Real Shame to Lose Your Church Because of Terrorists”. The total amount to repair the vandalism was $1,010.

Griffith was arrested on December 22 when a detective spotted him driving a vehicle on Nashville Highway at E.H. Haas Road knowing that Griffith’s license was suspended.