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Teen Arrested for Vandalizing LDS Church

Teen Arrested for Vandalizing LDS Church

Posted - Jul. 13, 2004 at 3:38 p.m.



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(KSL News) -- A Syracuse teenager has been arrested, accused of trashing a Mormon church under construction, over the weekend.

Teen Arrested for Vandalizing LDS Church

Police say the teen was a member of the LDS Church and under the influence of Valium. Authorities believe more people were involved based on multiple footprints inside the church.

The vandals used a crowbar to smash toilets, urinals, water fountains, glass display cases, thermostats, chandeliers and a window.

They also smashed the sound system, threw white paint on wall coverings in the chapel and turned on the baptismal font trying to flood the building. The font had an overflow drain.

Teen Arrested for Vandalizing LDS Church

"If it had not had that overflow, there would have been water flooding into the building for 16 hours," said Detective Sgt. Mark Sessions.

"We have no knowledge to believe he was mad at the LDS Church, which he is a member of. We believe it was a possible crime of opportunity. He was under the influence of Valium, went to the church and did it," Sessions said.

Damage was estimated between $15,000 and $20,000.

(The Associated Press Contributed to this Report)

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