16-year-old sentenced in church vandalism
A 16-year-old who vandalized a Catholic church in Magna last year, destroying statues of saints and stealing a crucifix, money and wine, has pleaded guilty.
The teen pleaded guilty in 3rd District Juvenile Court to third-degree felony counts of criminal mischief and theft for his role in the August burglary at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2864 S. 9000 West.
The teen and two other teenage boys aged 14 to 16 broke into the church through the priest's home while the clergyman was out of town, according to court documents Â first in the evening of Aug. 25 and then again early the next morning.
The youths kicked in doors, broke candles, ransacked the church, stole a 32-inch television, two gold cups, gold jewelry, the crucifix, money, wine and food, according to the documents.
The court cases involving the other teens are not public because of their young ages, according to court officials.
The Salt Lake Tribune does not typically identify juveniles charged with crimes.
Police estimate the teens caused more than $12,700 in damage and stole more than $5,600 of the church's property.
The teen was sentenced to probation, house arrest, and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.
He was also ordered to pay $333 in restitution, with additional restitution taken under advisement by the judge.
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