(CNN)A Kentucky teen is under arrest after being accused of vandalizing a Hindu temple in Louisville earlier this week, police said.
A teen is accused of vandalizing a Hindu temple with spray-painted crosses and religious phrases
The suspect, a 17-year-old white male, is believed to have acted alone. He was arrested and charged with 1st-degree criminal mischief and 3rd-degree burglary after the Louisville Metro Police Department received a tip, authorities said.
The break-in at Swaminarayan Temple was reported Tuesday morning. Temple members found their place of worship desecrated with what police said were hate-filled religious phrases and black crosses. A knife had been stabbed into a chair and several doors were broken down, police said.
Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad assured worshipers his department would be providing extra security this coming Sunday to help attendees feel safe.
"To come into the temple today and to see the words of hate, the paint on the posters, the desecration of this temple is heartbreaking," Conrad said Wednesday.
Temple spokesman Rajesh Patel said Friday that temple members were shaken up by the vandalism, especially when they saw a poster of their deity covered with paint.