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Two charged with defacing Grotto of Lourdes at Mount St. Mary's

February 11, 2008

EMMITSBURG, Md. -- Police have arrested two men they say vandalized the Grotto of Lourdes at Mount St. Mary's University.

Police estimated the damage at about $1,500.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that Timothy A. Hines, 20, of Silver Spring, Md.; and Jesse R. Huston, 20, of Derwood, Md., were arrested early Sunday.

Both are charged with malicious destruction of property over $500, malicious destruction of property under $500, trespassing and defacing religious property, police said.

Police said the men entered the Grotto of Lourdes and allegedly damaged a large cross and several glass jars containing prayer candles.

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