Church damage from vandalism ‘in thousands of dollars’

Photo by Le Roy Standish—Custodians and church members clean up Tuesday morning after vandals struck the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints West Stake Center, 2542 G Road, late Monday. The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating.


Vandals broke into the Church of Latter-day Saints West Stake Center, 2542 G Road, late Monday night, breaking windows, doors and pictures, according to church members.

“It is heartbreaking, it really is. This is a church,” said Ruth Neff, a custodian and church member.

Neff and several other custodians and church volunteers began arriving at the church around 7 a.m. Tuesday to clean up.

A witness saw a man enter the building, and he said the man may have left in a white pickup, Grand Junction Police Department spokeswoman Kate Porras.

Officers found broken glass doors, and several items from the church were found outside the building. There was also other damage inside, Porras said.

Police estimate the damage to be “in the thousands of dollars,” she said.

The damage was mostly broken glass from the numerous pictures that hang in the halls.

Damage was done to a window in the church nursery, two exterior glass doors and fire extinguisher cases, Neff said.

Ken Patterson, another custodian and church member, said: “It is just sad there are people out there that feel other people have values, and they have to denigrate them.”

There have been several church vandalism cases in the area in the last few months, but Porras said Monday night’s break-in is not related to them.


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