Pair charged in theft of bronze Book of Mormon

by | Oct. 08, 2009

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Two men arrested Sunday for allegedly stealing a bronze Book of Mormon out of the hands of a bronze statue of Brigham Young, were hit with charges Wednesday for the crime, including two felonies.

In the charging documents, both 26-year-olds Stewart Bodenstab and Parley Mortensen were charged with theft and criminal mischief, which are third-degree felonies, and intoxication, a class C misdemeanor for the incident, which took place in Pioneer Memorial Monument Park at 140 E. First Ave.

The documents state that a witness was told by someone that the men had stolen the book from a bronze statue, which depicts the LDS prophet showing the book to two children, and decided to follow them. He then called the police from the cell phone.

Police were able to locate the pair as they were walking through a parking lot and remarked that they appeared intoxicated and that he could "smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage" on both of the men.

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