Suspects in Fruit Heights vandalism sought

Feb 4 2012 - 10:49pm

FRUIT HEIGHTS -- Davis County Sheriff deputies are looking for whoever went on a vandalism spree in Fruit Heights.

The vandal or vandals are suspected of spray painting a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints building at 146 N. Mountain Road, as well as two homes and three vehicles within two to three blocks of the church.

Deputies believe the vandalism occurred between 1:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on Friday, said Sgt. Shane Archibald.

The citation "Psalm 144:1" was sprayed in green paint across the side of the church building. A King James translation of the verse reads: "Blessed be the Lord my strength, who teaches my hands to war, and my fingers to fight."

A nearby resident also found "Jesus loves me" spray-painted on his garage door, Archibald said. But in a much different tone from those, a woman discovered a sexual, vulgar phrase on her garage door.

The three vehicles had the same green paint sprayed randomly on the doors and windows, but no messages.

The vandalism may become a felony-level crime once all the damage and repairs are compiled, Archibald said. Property damage becomes a felony at $1,500, and he estimated the vandalism cost the property owners about $5,000.

The department asks anyone who may have seen anything or has information about the crimes to call them at 801-451-4150.

At this time, officials don't believe the vandalism was intended as a hate crime against the church, Archibald said.

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