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Vandal tries to pull down Ronald Reagan statue in Newport Beach

November 7, 2011 |  8:56 am

Ronald Reagan statue vandalized
Police are searching for a man who tried to knock down a Ronald Reagan statue Sunday morning.

Newport Beach Police received a call about 5:30 a.m. Sunday of a vandalism in progress at Bonita Canyon Sports Park on Bonita Canyon Drive.

A witness said a man in dark clothes tried to attach a chain to the base of the statue. The chain was connected to the back of his pickup and he appeared to be trying to pull the statue down.

He was then seen fleeing to the Port Streets neighborhood.

Officers have not been able to locate the man. His vehicle is described as an early 2000's model tan pickup truck with an extended cab.

The bronze statue was unveiled in October and was commissioned by the City Council in honor of the 100th anniversary of Reagan's birth.

Reagan was a known frequent visitor to Newport Beach.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Newport Beach Police at (949) 644-3717.


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Photo: A full-size statue of Ronald Reagan is dedicated at Bonita Canyon Sports Park in Newport Beach last month. Credit: Kevin Chang / Times Community News