On October 9, 2011 a statue was dedicated in Newport Beach, CA to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Ronald Reagan. Similair events have taken place around the country and across the world.
The striking statue likeness of President Reagan in Newport Beach was created by sculptor Miriam Baker of Balboa Island, CA. A long-time resident and artist based in the city.
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Yesterday the statue was vandalized in an attempt to steal or destroy it. Police are still investigating the case. No suspects have been arrested. If you have any information concerning this case contact the Newport Beach Police Department.
The Newport Beach Police Department released this informaiton concerning the case:
"On Sunday, November 6, at approximately 5:30 a.m. officers responded to a vandalism in progress at Bonita Canyon Sports Park. A witness observed a suspect attaching what appeared to be a chain or rope to the Ronald Reagan statue. The chain was secured to the suspect's vehicle and he was attempting to pull the statue down. Officers searched the area for the suspect however he was not located. The suspect was last seen fleeing into the Port Streets neighborhood. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Newport Beach Police Department at (949) 644-3717."
- Suspect Description: Male, wearing dark clothing
- Suspect Vehicle: Tan pickup truck (unk model), extended cab, early 2000's model year
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