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Teens face charges for allegedly vandalizing LDS church

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Posted at 8:33 PM, Oct 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-22 22:33:58-04

DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah — Two teenagers accused of vandalizing a church in Duchesne County owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are now facing criminal charges.

Police arrested Tristan Hirst and Denver Bell, both of whom are 19 years old, after the teens allegedly broke into the church last week.

Police reports indicate the teens allegedly kicked in the doors, pried open a filing cabinet with a hammer and screwdriver, and stole about $500 that had been collected as church tithes.

Several areas of the building were tagged with red spray paint, including a portrait of Jesus Christ.

The teens face charges that include burglary, criminal mischief and theft by deception.