LOGAN — Police were called to the Logan Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints early Tuesday morning, after a 34-year-old Smithfield man allegedly broke into the building and vandalized it. They later located the suspect, Peter A. Ambrose, locked inside a room.
Logan City Police Capt. Curtis Hooley said officers received a call about the break-in around 3:30 a.m. The caller stated that there was a broken window on the east side of the temple and it appeared that someone had gotten inside.
“The officers entered the building and took quite a few hours to try and make sure that the building was secure and that there was nobody inside,” explained Hooley. “They noted, there had been a fair amount of damage that had been done to different parts of the building itself and some of its contents.”
Evidence suggests, Ambrose had used an axe to smash some of the windows and walls inside the temple. He also had removed and damaged some of the paintings.
Hooley explained that as officers continued their investigation, they located Ambrose still inside.
“He had locked himself into a room that the officers were not able to get into initially. He was taken into custody for questioning.”
Church spokeswoman, Irene Caso said “Sometime early this morning (Tuesday), an individual used an axe to damage the exterior of the Logan Temple. He then broke into the temple, and caused damage to the first and second floors, before leaving.
“The temple is currently closed for the Christmas holiday. The damage will be addressed, and normal temple operations will resume on Thursday.”
Hooley said Ambrose is a longtime resident of the valley. He has allegedly had previous involvements with the church.
“He has been trespassed from the temple before and also some other buildings that belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some old buildings in our valley. It appears that he has some sort of issues with the church itself.”
Ambrose wasn’t located until around 7:30 a.m. on the main floor of the temple. After he was taken from the premise, workers immediately began replacing the broken windows and making repairs.
Officers booked Ambrose into the Cache County Jail on suspicion of felony burglary and criminal mischief. He is being held without bail.