Two accused of vandalizing Chanceford Twp. church

  • Police say Kyle Laird and Barry Mattson vandalized the Guinston Presbyterian Church on Thursday.
  • The two remain in York County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Two men are accused of causing roughly $5,000 worth of damage to a church in Chanceford Township.

State police say Kyle John Laird and Barry Samuel Mattson were drunk when they took their ATV and dirt bike to Guinston United Presbyterian Church and created a mess.

Barry Mattson

"Every room in the church had been gone through and was a disheveled mess," Trooper Steven Knickel wrote in charging documents.

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Mattson, 18, and Laird, 20, both of the first block of Corbett Lane, Chanceford Township, are charged with burglary, trespassing, attempted theft, institutional vandalism of a place of worship, DUI and resisting arrest, among other charges.

Church stop: Police were responding to a complaint of people riding ATVs around in Chanceford Township when Knickel spotted a dirt bike and ATV outside of the church at 1430 Guinston Road around 1:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, according to charging documents.

Banging and crashing could be heard coming from the church, court documents state.

Kyle Laird

Knickel found the basement cellar door on the south side of the church had been forced open, police said.

Officers told those inside to come out, but no one did, according to police.

Mattson tried leaving through a basement door, police said, and he was told to stop.

He didn't listen, and both he and Laird tried fleeing through a different side door, documents state.

Police say Laird was tackled to the ground while Mattson surrendered outside the door.

The smell of alcohol was coming from both of them, and they had glassy, bloodshot eyes, officials said.

Mattson said the two had been drinking Four Loko at their home before coming to the church, documents state.

Mattson then took his ATV and Laird took his dirt bike, and the two were riding around the road between their home and the church, according to police.

Damage: Troopers went through the church and found multiple cabinets and drawers opened, and it looked as though someone had been searching for valuables in them, court documents state. 

"Various items were ripped off the walls or thrown throughout the rooms including a sound board, stereo and lamp," Knickel wrote in charging documents.

Additionally, it looked like someone tried to pry a wall-mounted TV from the wall, police allege.

Police say the most significant damage was done to a sound system board, worth $4,000. Other things damaged included a storm door and lock, a stereo system, a lamp, and a coffee maker, officials said.

The total damage is estimated at about $5,000, according to court documents.

The two were taken to central booking Thursday morning and were arraigned on the charges. 

The men were taken to York County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail each.  Neither has an attorney listed.

Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 16 at District Judge John H. Fishel's office.

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