Local investigators say federal agents will not file hate crime charges against an Aiken man accused of breaking into a Wire Road church late last year, causing more than $30,000 in damage. Every window at the Welcome Travelers Baptist Church was broken, the musical instruments destroyed, communion table was damaged and the pulpit was flipped over during the December break-in, officials said. Law enforcement was notified and the Aiken bloodhound team tracked from the Wire Road church to a nearby residence where Michael Tony Isbell Jr., 26, of Wire Road, was arrested, said Lt. Troy Elwell, spokesperson for the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. He was charged with second-degree burglary and malicious injury to real property. County investigators asked for the FBI's guidance on whether the crime rose to the level of a hate crime. Federal investigators say they never opened a case, but they consulted with local investigators, and no federal charges will be filed. The church's congregation is predominantly black, and, because of the nature of the crime, officials with the sheriff's office made contact with federal officials to have the case further examined, Elwell said. Federal agents consulted on the case because the state does not have hate crime charges which could be applied. Investigators obtained a search warrant after tracking to the nearby residence in early December and, once inside, found the suspect hiding under a bed, Elwell said. The church's three large pulpit chairs and an American flag were dragged outside from the church during the break-in, and there was blood left in the building. The flag was planted in the ground with the chairs surrounding it in a nearby field, Jenkins told the Aiken Standard. Eight windows in the sanctuary were shattered, along with five more in the back of the church. No items were reported stolen, officials said. Contact Karen Daily at kdaily@aikenstandard.com