NEWPORT BEACH (CBS) — A bronze statue of former President Ronald Reagan was vandalized early Sunday, according to officials.

Police received a call at approximately 5:30 Sunday morning about a possible vandalism in progress at the Bonita Canyon Sports Park.

A witness saw a suspect tie something around the top of the statue and the other end to the front of his vehicle. The witness said the suspect then got into his vehicle and put it in reverse in an attempt to pull the statue down.

The suspect, described as a male in dark clothing, fled the scene before officers arrived.

Police said the vehicle was a tan pickup with an extended cab, circa early 2000s.

It’s not known if the suspect was trying to simply cause damage to the statue or steal it, but officials believe the vandal may be a thief who hoped to take off with the statue and sell it as scrap.

City workers were called to assess the damage to the statue and decide it had to be removed because it was compromised.

There is no word from officials on when the statue can be replaced and put back on its pedestal.

The statue debuted last month during a dedication memorial to celebrate the former president’s 100th birthday. It is reportedly worth $60,000.

Comments (291)
  1. Ranger01 says:

    To catch theifs, All you need is a hidden camera to get the license plate.

  2. SamBoPrez says:

    Speedy Gonzales is at it again. Needs more taco money.

  3. jay says:

    Some might vandalize the FDR drive – If it wasn’t built to suck

  4. K. A. Hieb says:

    It had to be a liberal knucklehead. They’re the only ones with the capacity to think something like this is acceptable. Now, had it been a statue of Marx, Stalin or Mao it would have had a garland of flowers placed around it’s neck. Vote conservative, vote sanity!

  5. Bombastic says:

    This is why we should have concealed carry.

  6. Trajan Long says:

    The US has become a country full of animalistic pigs and the trend is down.

  7. Trajan Long says:

    Liberals are jealous miserable parasites blaming others for their own misery. Facts are irrelevant to them. Look at our education system through high scool the most expensive on earth, has gone from first to 37th since the 60’s under liberal control. Liberals can’t run a 7/11 let alone the country. What a pathetic bunch of of blood sucking losers.

  8. Gene Poole says:

    These low life left wing punks know nothing but vandalism, they break windows, spray graffiti and destroy property. Then they demand free stuff from taxpayers. The democrats are the parasites that live off the hard work of others.

  9. John C says:

    The left’s hatred of Reagan is surpassed only by their hatred of George W. Bush or capitalism in general.

  10. Gene Poole says:

    The left wing promises entitlements, free education, free food and medical, but all these items must be paid for by someone. The so called rich pay a majority of taxes and give millions to charity but are always demonized by left wing politicians. What leftist really want, more than anything is ‘Power’. The power to dictate how people live, what they are allowed to think and do. Conservatives are for an open society with no limits on personal achievement and success. The enemy of the people are socialists and communists, they are the ones who build Gulags for political prisoners and conservatives.

  11. Minneapolis says:

    I continue to be amazed at the creativity and hyper intelligence of criminals. They should all be sterilized in honor of Darwin.

  12. JAMES FISKE says:

    DISRESPECT FOR OUR NATIONAL LIFE AND PROPERTY INCLUDING OUR FLAG HAS GONE OVER THE TOP AND MUST BE CHECKED WITH EQUAL FORCE AS IT IN MY OPINION ACTS SUCH AS THIS ONE IS AN ACTG OF TREASON AND THEREFORE SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH. AN ALTERNATIVE MIGHT BE 60 YEARS IN A COAL MINE TO SEE HAVE REAL AMERICAN WORK HARD AND LIVE BY THE RULE AND RESPECT OF THE LAW…..!!

  13. ClearyJ says:

    Every last one of these thefts I lay at the feet of The Messiah. He has intentionally destroyed the economy beyond the “bend radius,” and now it will take a long, long, LONG time for even the smartest capitalist to turn it around. So people who never stole a thing in their lives now see it as their only option. This, like the mobs of black “unruly teens” are a direct result of our misbegotten Messiah’s policies. How would his policies be any different if he were a mole for the Chinese government? This is the world of hope and change America. It is the fault of those idiot voters who put this barnacle of a ding dong into office, and all of you who did this owe all of us who voted for McCain a deep heartfelt apology – not that I’m holding my breath.

  14. Bernard says:

    The current US population are not used to such a depression and the worst is coming out. News of copper theft is common, and as Obama makes our lives that much more miserable, nothing will go unmolested or safe. The biggest fear is that the baby boomers are now at an age in which organs are a high priority. I would not be surprised that eventually, in the near future, a healthy person will be targeted for that person’s organs. Even before this crisis and the aging baby boomers, a healthy kidney would fetch around 30 thousand. A healthy person could be worth several hundred thousand if that person is kidnapped and all of that person’s organs are harvested to a growing population in desperate need for them.

  15. Marbran says:

    This was a metal swipe. The perps probably don’t even know who Reagan is, or was.

  16. Carl Curmudgeon says:

    Saw the pic.

    Even a truck couldn’t pull Reagan to the left.

    Miss that guy…

  17. Mehiilanheles! says:

    Is it just me or does this vandalizing of symbolic statue wreak of an overzealous Occupier?

    Just sayin’. Considering the sentiments thats sparked up, I’d look into that.

  18. Bob Dob says:

    Actually, privately-donated funds paid for the statue, as a simple search would have told you:

    http://www.dailypilot.com/news/columns/tn-dpt-1108-reagan-20111107,0,3681474.story

    Assume, much?

  19. Rhonda Tracey says:

    this punk generation better watch out…. the generation in their 40’s.. that’s me… and we just making it by all our hard work and have toughed it out since college…we have saved and bought a home a car and improved our lives…
    we will not let you tear down the america we know and will die defending our person or our homes.. we will defend ourselves any means possible within the law.. i predict a punk like this and the occupiers will be shot by a self defending homeowner, self defending cop, and self defending citizen out in public… i will cheer

  20. Timmothy Turnstone says:

    “Hope & Change” in Obamaville

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