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CAUGHT ON TAPE: Vandals Break Into Martin County Convent

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By Devin Sanchez     
NewsWest 9

MARTIN COUNTY - The convent in Martin County is hundreds of years old and filled with mystery. In the last few months, more and more people are breaking in to check it out. Their curiosity, however, is actually criminal, and caught on surveillance video.

"There is a considerable amount of damage and vandalism done," Martin County Sheriff John Woodward said. "We really at this point have no patience with trespassing or damaging the convent any further."

In the surveillance video, there were several different groups of people walking around. Some even climbed through a vent to get inside the historic building, which isn't just a state landmark.

"It's a National Historical site, which could bring in even more trouble for the trespassers," Sheriff Woodward said.

The history of the convent and what it means to the community is exactly why the sheriff said his department has had it.

"There's a lot of history to it, there's a lot of reason to respect it and these individuals that are trespassing absolutely have no respect for it," he explained.

Recently, the Martin County Convent Board's focused on restoring the convent. Sheriff Woodward said this is just setting them back.

"The historical society has done everything to restore it or repair it. It's just taking away from the heart of what the convent is by the disrespect these trespassers have shown," he said.

NewsWest 9 is told, once they are caught, the vandals will face several charges, including burglary.

"This isn't small time crime. There's a lot of charges that can go way up," the sheriff said.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Martin County Sheriff's Office at 432-756-3336.