LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Days after a prankster scaled a fence and altered the Hollywood sign to read “HOLLYWeeD,” LAPD detectives say they plan to submit their case to prosecutors for possible prosecution.

Officer Aareon Jefferson said Wednesday that investigators are talking to a possible suspect in connection with the trespassing case, but declined to name the person.

A Los Angeles artist, Zach Fernandez, has taken credit on social media for the stunt.

Jefferson says detectives would not arrest the prankster on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing, but would instead present their findings to the district attorney’s office.

Prosecutors would then decide whether or not to file charges.

Police began investigating after a person used giant tarps to change the sign sometime on New Year’s Eve or early New Year’s Day.

The prankster was recorded by security cameras.

Chris Baumgart, chairman of the Hollywood Sign Trust, said Monday that he plans to meet with police officials this week to explore ways to prevent similar acts.

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  1. Give the guy a medal and a free vacation to Amsterdam. Only in L.A. would they spend money to chase down and harrass a folk hero! And think how many illegals and taco trucks they could support with that money! I bet it took about $20 to take down the plastic. ‘Politically correct’ defines L.A. as much as ‘useless’ and ‘dirty’ do! Of course, if it keeps the cops busy at least they will not be shooting homeless people or old ladies with shopping carts.

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