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Police arrest man accused of breaking into, vandalizing LDS Church’s St. George Temple

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SALT LAKE CITY — Police arrested a man Saturday morning at the Mormon temple in St. George after he allegedly broke in and damaged artworks, furniture and other items.

The incident briefly upset temple operations. One endowment session was canceled before normal operations resumed.

“At approximately 5 a.m. this morning, an individual broke a window and entered the St. George Temple,” said Eric Hawkins, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “He then proceeded to the fifth floor of the temple, damaging furniture, artwork and other items along the way. After causing additional damage on the fifth floor, he was contained by temple workers (no physical restraint was required) until police arrived and he was arrested.”

Hawkins said workers addressed the damage.

According to St. George police, the man involved was 22-year-old Charles Gregory Logan.

Logan, of St. George, was booked into the Washington County Jail for investigation of assault, burglary, criminal mischief, interfering with arrest and disorderly conduct, according to information posted online by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Jail records indicate Logan posted bond and was out of custody as of Saturday evening.

St. George police did not respond to numerous requests Saturday for additional information about the incident.

Logan’s prior criminal history in Utah includes a February guilty plea for drinking alcohol or having an open container in a vehicle, state court records show.

He also pleaded guilty in September 2017 to misdemeanor drug possession and drug paraphernalia possession, according to court records. A charge for interference with an arresting officer, stemming from the same case, was dropped.

Logan also entered a plea in abeyance for a misdemeanor drug possession charge in June 2017.

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