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SPRAY-PAINT VANDALS MAR BOUNTIFUL TEMPLE INTERIOR

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Vandals spray-painted initials and a Nazi swastika on four different walls in the LDS temple two weeks ago.

Police say one or more people walked through an unsecured gate June 1, found a can of orange spray-paint in what will be the building's celestial room and marked the unpainted walls.Officers found the letters "E," "S" and a backward "C" scrawled in the west upper hallway. An inverted cross was painted in the southwest stairwell. A scribble and swastika marked a wall in the west men's locker room on the main floor.

The vandals also painted a wall-papered wall in the women's locker room with an arrow pointing down, a peace symbol, a diagram of a flower and the initials found in the upper hallway.

Construction managers received an alarm from the temple at 1:30 a.m., drove to the site and found that a skunk had tripped the security system. The alarm company called again at 4 a.m., but the construction manager attributed that alarm to the same or another skunk, according to a police report.

Police made no damage estimates, but Chief Larry Higgins said the walls were simply painted over and the one was wallpapered again.

"We're watching that area very closely and so are the neighbors. That was the first incident like this, and security is tighter now," he said.

Officers took fingerprints from the can of paint but have made no arrests, Higgins said.