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Couple vandalizes historic Cortland church

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A couple from out of the area was arrested for spray painting the back of the historic St. Mary’s Church on North Main Street.

Jay Blanch and his wife Rebecca, both 29-years-old, told city police they came up from Brooklyn to escape the COVID crisis downstate, renting an apartment on the Clinton Ave extension where they say they intended to stay for a month.

According to police, the pair spray painted the more than 100-year-old church as part of a music video, as the man told police he was a musician and producer.

Officers were called to the church on Thursday morning after a caller reported the damage had occurred sometime the night before.

An investigation began and led to the discovery of a YouTube video posted to Facebook by the suspects showing them committing the act.

Rebecca Blanch posted the video to her Facebook profile with a caption that read,”Hi we’re bored in upstate new york-so here’s an evil morty cover. Watch us rip a town apart.”

Here’s a photo of what was spray-painted on the church:


(WXHC photo)


Details in the Facebook video led police to an area in the Northeast portion of the city, which is where they ultimately found a vehicle with California plates that may have appeared in the video and located the suspects.

Both were hit with a pair of misdemeanors and handed appearance tickets to City Court on June 1.

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