Provo churchgoers discovered vulgar graffiti on the outside of a building belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sometime before services started on Sunday.

The meetinghouse and surrounding property at 555 E. 3230 North was vandalized Saturday night or early Sunday morning, according to Provo Police detective Nick Dupaix.

Yellow, black and white spray paint with profanity, “anti-political” and “anti-religion” phrases covered fences around the parking lot and the brick walls and windows of the building.

Graffiti isn’t uncommon in Provo, Dupaix explained, especially when the summer starts. But the damage at the church may cost around $1,000.

“It’s pretty bad,” he said. “I couldn’t believe how much graffiti they were able to get off.”

Local church members attempted to cover up or remove parts of the graffiti, Dupaix said. As of Monday, entire sections of the fence were removed and the outside walls had been scrubbed.

Provo officers who specialize in graffiti and vandalism plan to conduct an investigation and follow up on leads based on handwriting and other elements.

A program with the Provo’s community policing division will coordinate with the police department to finish the cleanup.

Ashley Stilson covers crime, courts and breaking news for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2556 or astilson@heraldextra.com.

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