2 arrested after vandalism of LDS Church building in Spanish Fork

Kevin Hayes (left), Thomas Anderson (right). Photo: Utah County

SPANISH FORK, Utah, Sept. 8, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Police have arrested two people accused in the recent burglary and vandalism of an LDS Church building.

Kevin Hayes, 23, and Thomas Anderson, 20, both of Spanish Fork, have been booked into the Utah County Jail, a news release from Spanish Fork Police Lt. Brandon Anderson states.

Hayes and Anderson are facing charges of third-degree felony burglary and second-degree felony criminal mischief.

The two were identified through surveillance video “and other forensic evidence,” according to the news release.

Police responded to a report of an alarm at about 1:30 a.m. Aug. 27 at the meeting house at 989 S. Spanish Fork Parkway. The building is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

When officers arrived, they found that someone had entered the building and caused significant damage, including hymn books torn in half, pictures removed from the walls and broken, and furniture broken.

Fire extinguishers also had been discharged throughout the building.

Church officials have now estimated the cost of damage at $10,000.


  1. What an odd-looking pair! Not that booking photos are ever going to be flattering, but I could swear the photo of ‘Thomas’ is a woman; and ‘Kevin’ is a cover-boy for ‘Out’ or ‘DNA’ magazine. I would suggest they have passive-aggressive problems if all these ‘toughs’ can muster is to beat up on a vacant church building.


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