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FBI Offers $5,000 Reward in Bozeman Church Investigation
FBI and Bozeman Police Department Seek Public Tips in Ongoing Investigation

FBI Salt Lake City May 22, 2013
  • FBI Salt Lake City Press Office

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or persons who vandalized two churches in Bozeman, Montana. The FBI became involved because of the possibility that one or both incidents may be a violation of civil rights.

The incidents, which appear to be related, occurred in March and April 2013, and no arrests have been made in either case. The Bozeman Police Department and the FBI Bozeman Resident Agency have been collaborating on the investigation and continue to turn to the public for help in the case.

More about the vandalism:

The first incident happened on March 9, 2013, at the Kirkwood Baptist Church on 309 North 15th Avenue in Bozeman. The second one happened on April 7, 2013, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church on 220 West Main Street in Bozeman. The churches were broken into during the late evening or early morning hours, anti-religious messages were spray-painted inside the buildings, multiple fires were set, and there was significant damage done to property inside.

How to submit tips:

Anyone who has information about the incidents or the person or persons who committed these acts is asked to contact the FBI’s Bozeman Office at (406) 994-0927 or the Bozeman Police Department at (406) 582-2010 or to e-mail tips to the FBI Salt Lake City Division, which covers Montana, at SaltLakeCity@ic.fbi.gov.