Vandals Strike Pompeys Pillar National Monument
On October 10th vandals de-faced Pompeys Pillar National Monument by etching their names over the board walk railing.Pompeys Pillar is a National Monument and this scribbling of names is a crime!
There are numerous signs posted about no trespassing in certain areas and somebody climbed over the railing and did their own “art” work. The carving reads,
Cole + Shpresa.
The etching also includes the image of a heart shape. Executive Director of Pompeys Pillar Jonathan Peart said,
This belongs to all of us. To you, to me to every American out there. And to deface this is just a senseless act of vandalism and violence to something that has historical and cultural importance.
On October 10th a silent alarm alerted deputies to the area. Law enforcement questioned a man and a woman leaving the area but the vandalism was not noticed until a week later. The latest in the investigation in the illegally carved names is leading authorities to a Folk Band from Minnesota that was visiting the area last month.