Video released of truck damaging Atascadero veterans memorial
January 3, 2014
Atascadero police have released surveillance video of a truck driving through and vandalizing the Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial on New Year’s Day.
Shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday, a witness reported that a red Chevrolet pickup truck was driving through the memorial in Atascadero, crashing into benches and lights. The truck then drove away, and police have yet to locate the vehicle or a suspect.
Investigators have determined from watching the surveillance footage that the truck was a 1988 to 1997 Chevrolet Crew Cab pickup with a complete black lumber rack and a toolbox in the bed.
The truck caused an estimated $15,000 of damage.
“I am appalled by the damage to our well-respected monument honoring the brave men and women who fought on behalf of our country,” Congresswoman Lois Capps said in a news release. “I share in the community disappointment over the damage but am also encouraged by the resilient spirit that is already apparent as we work together to repair the damage to this beloved monument.”
The Atascadero Veterans Memorial Foundation is accepting donations for repairs at P.O. Box 1466, Atascadero, CA 93423.
Atascadero police request that anyone with information that might aid the investigation contact Sgt. Jason Car at (805) 470-3228.