According to the Coloradoan, unknown suspects vandalized the Fort Collins Colorado Temple construction site in the early hours of August 23, 2015. Police discovered the damage at approximately 3 a.m., which includes damage of the exterior structure of the temple as well as damage to construction materials.
Police are not releasing any further information about the damage at this time. However, an article by CBS Denver said the “criminals spray-painted construction machinery and drove a construction vehicle into a pillar.”
Police are currently searching for the perpetrators.
Through Deseret News, the Church released the following statement about the incident. Eric Hawkins, spokesman, said:
We are saddened by the vandalism at the construction site of the Fort Collins Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and at other places of worship in the area. Both the construction company and the church are working closely with local authorities as they pursue their investigation. Questions regarding the nature of the vandalism should be directed to local law enforcement.
According to posts on social media from the Fort Collins Colorado Temple group and other news articles from CBS Denver, the damage may be linked to other church vandalism in the area.