Supervisor seeks reward to capture Reagan statue vandals

$10,000 would go to person who leads police to vandals who damaged park statue

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Incensed over vandals damaging a statue of former President Ronald Reagan, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone today will ask his colleagues to support posting a $10,000 county-backed reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the culprits.

``It's despicable that someone would intentionally damage a public work of art that honors President Reagan,'' Stone said. ``The people who would do something like this need to know, we will take unusual measures to make sure they are caught and punished.''

According to county fire department arson investigators, a life-size statue of America's 40th president at the entrance to Ronald Reagan Sports Park in Temecula was set aflame on Sept. 20, causing damage to the $100,000 bronze monument.

City officials said donations have poured in for repairs, which include sandblasting the exterior to apply a new finish.

Investigators are not sure why the statue was targeted. There were no notes or graffiti.

Stone is requesting that the Board of Supervisors authorize a $10,000 reward.

In the meantime, anyone with information was urged to contact the fire department's arson hotline at (800) 633-2836.

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