Man arrested for vandalizing Provo temple with a hammer
Dec 12, 2023, 9:55 PM | Updated: Dec 13, 2023, 10:16 am
(Courtesy Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
PROVO — A man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of vandalism at the Provo Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Weston Huff, 30, was taken into custody and jailed on suspicion of property damage and destruction, a third-degree felony, according to police.
Provo Police Department said it received a call at approximately 3:34 p.m. that a man, using a hammer, had smashed windows of the Provo Utah Temple located at 2200 Temple Hill Drive. Police said the windows smashed were near the front by the entrance. Maintenance crews removed the glass because it posed a danger as it continued to fall after it was broken.
The man fled the area in a vehicle, police said.
Police reviewed camera footage of the vandalism and officers were able to obtain a partial license plate and confirm a description of the vehicle the man in the footage was driving. Officers tracked down the vehicle and Huff was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail.
The temple was first dedicated in 1972.