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. jimmo says:

    Can’t tell how big it is, so can’t tell whether it would fit in the vehicle. Just some more shoddy TV reporting brought to the web.

    1. neil says:

      It was a ‘life size statue’. So one person stealing it would be rather feasible. Especially if the truck was equipped with some type of towing or lifting capability. Even without it

  2. Robert says:

    Blood in the Streets is coming…

  3. Rich D says:

    People who don’t respect Ronald Reagen, the only president to win re-election with 49 out of 50 states, the largest landslide in American history, are prime examples of the historical ignorance and partisan hatred that is destroying this country.

  4. jane says:

    Reagan has been proven to be the worst President by far and all you conservatives fail to see who he really was, boy is love blind. IMO conservatives think highly of themselves and not for any good reason, they mistakenly think they are not replaceable and are just a bunch of hypocrites hoping to be part of the 1% too ignorant to realize who is really robbing the american people,

    1. Pounce Kitty says:

      Crawl back under your rock. Obama wishes he could be Reagan, but he has no chance.

    2. jimmo says:

      Speaking of ignorance and proof, I bet I could prove in two minutes that you couldn’t even name fifteen presidents.

  5. jane says:

    Question, did taxpayer money pay for that ridiculous statue, just another example of wasted tax dollars thanks to Republicans.

  6. jane says:

    More wasted taxpayer dollars thanks to Republicans.

  7. Pounce Kitty says:

    This is who the Obama creeps are. Destroy, destroy, destroy! They can’t build anything, they can’t create any jobs, they just whine, complain and destroy. The negative nabobs of negativism. That’s the Obama generation. Celebrate yourselves, girls!

  8. USA1st says:

    Iran-Contra, Ollie North, “I don’t recall” over 100 times under oath, fired all the aircraft controllers, had early stage Alzimers while still in office, savings and loan bailout, all true. Great man/President NOT. Not even that good of an actor really.

  9. Barry Levy says:

    Copper has a huge cash value.

    Nice to see theives never stop. And amazing there are probably laws about not damaging public property, or theft, but criminals don’t seem to listen to rules.

  10. Old Man Chuck says:

    liberals and progressives practice the art of lying as part of their political philosophy of “the ends justify the means”. In Islam, this is also done and is called “taqiya”. Therefore, a rational person should NEVER ever believe ANYTHING a liberal, progressive, or muslim says as the probibility that it is an out and out lie, or “taqiya” is as near to 100% as can be. Also, liberals and progressives, due to their mental illness, project their own inadiquacies and fears on everyone else as a means of asuaging their guilt at being such sorry excuses for humanity. This is what causes them to support abortion on demand, gun control, and racism.

  11. LLeone says:

    If that had been an Obama statue, the liberal press would be reporting it as a hate crime.

  12. Rblackbird says:

    I suspect the individual is an unemployed worker who responded favorably to Herman Cain’s admonition that he get up and find a job. So now, he’s a self-employed metal recycler.

  13. I’ve been using gas pump activism to beat Obama. Putting decals on gas pumps, on store coolers, drive thru screens, inside menus, etc. They say “These high prices brought to you by Barack Obama” with his picture next to it. They’re reusable and leave no residue (no worries about vandalism) I get them at gconservative.com feels great everytime I put one up somewhere.

  14. Nigel H says:

    Republicans. Is there ANYTHING they’re not scared of?

  15. Sigmonde says:

    Vandals..? This must be a new word for liberals..

  16. Tom E says:

    Man you wing nutz is crazy. Reagan was among the worst presidents this fool country ever had.

  17. Sigmonde says:

    Reagan made even liberals feel good about being Americans……

  18. rob says:

    it amazes me all the liberals that point out fox news sound bites. How do you know if you dont watch? or do you.

    or you get your news from jon stewart.

  19. 777denny says:

    This really makes me angry, and not a little. I’m too fuming to think of what more to write.

  20. WaldoBinney says:

    It’s time to make Puerto Rico a state and get rid of LA LA LAND. That way we don’t have to change the flag.

  21. Dave says:

    Anyone find it funny that he’s leaving to the right now? Oh well, you can’t pull the man down.

  22. JimmieM says:

    No crime here….move on….just another ows protester….if you are protesting you have a right to distroy public property, democrat leadership has made it so.

  23. Caligula says:

    Reagan would laugh. These idiot Obama voters couldn’t even do THIS job right.

  24. cntrlfrk says:

    I knew as soon as I saw this statue being put up that the hateful leftists would do something to it.

    Their hate knows no bounds, and Obama feeds off of it, and fuels it.

    .

  25. The Bobster says:

    Probably done by an ugly brown squat monster recipient of the Reagan amnesty.

  26. Jack Russell says:

    Obama’s Wars all over, Obama’s Depression, Obama’s selling guns to Mexican mafia drug traffickers, Obama’s Health Disaster plan,
    Reagan was a builder , NObama is a destroyer of the US.

  27. Bob says:

    They said vandalized because they want us to think someone didn’t like it. They tried to steal it, dummies.

  28. olderguy says:

    How wonderful it is to start the work week off with a good laugh!

  29. Michael says:

    Can you imagine the response and outcry if this had happened to the new MLK statue in DC?

    1. neil says:

      1) Its made of Rock
      2) Its 30 feet tall

      But – yes – one can imagine the outcry.

  30. Norwegianbear says:

    When they catch him, he should first of all pay for the damage. Secondly, his penalty should be to show up every day at noon with a bucket of water and cleaning supplies to keep the statue immaculately clean. I’m sure those of us who loved Reagan would be happy to walk by to make sure he lives by the rule.

  31. Keith says:

    Chingow! If I catch anyone messing with Reagan, they are going to be pulling a Nike out of their rear!

  32. Gilbert R Albright Jr says:

    I am notifying this guy that I am available to help if he wants to try to pull it down again.

    If caught, maybe he can get Gorge H.W. Bush to pardon them like he did the Iran Contra conspirators in the Reagan Administration.

  33. Gilbert R Albright Jr says:

    I have notified this guy that I am available to help if he wants to try and pull it down again.

    I sure we can count on George H.W. Bush to arrange for us to get pardons like he gave to the Iran Contra conspirators in the Reagan Administration.

  34. Gilbert R Albright Jr says:

    I hear that dogs in the area LOVE the Reagan statue because there are no fire hydrants in the area for them to pee on.

  35. BarnacleBilious says:

    I hope they get that incredibly obnoxious statue of John Wayne at John Wayne International Airport. Makes me sick every time I go there. If only I could find it merely pathetically funny.

  36. tramky says:

    This epidemic of metal thefts must be stopped, and the only way to do it is to authorize shoot-to-kill policies for police & individuals with concealed-carry permits. The metal thefts have gotten more & more audacious, with thieves in northern California recently cutting off water service to occupied residences so they could steal numerous costly copper-and-brass water service devices, an escalation that represents a physical attack on the occupants of those homes and the loss of water service for most of a day while the stolen devices are replaced at great cost..

  37. UrsusRexx says:

    Ronald Reagan was mis-labeled, as the ‘Great Communicator’!
    Here’s a ‘paraphrase’, since I can’t precisely remember the quote:
    “While I don’t believe in my heart that we sold weapons to terrorists…”, (Reagan, speaking about the contra’s, courtesy of Olli ‘Never-Faithful’ North’s thefts during Iran-contra), “…I know in my mind that, in fact, we did sell these weapons” or some such saliva-encrusted verbal garbage!
    …If I sell so much as a pistol, in or out of the United States, minus the legal paperwork, I risk a substantial fine/prison term!
    He reportedly referred to the late Osama Bin_Ladin as a ‘Freedom Fighter’, (the late George Carlin got a LOT of laughs as a result of Regan’s ‘pet-terrorist’s’ label)
    Mr. Bin_Ladin was making use of U.S. taxpayer-provided weapons & training, (to Al-Qaida & the mujahedeen), sending Russian boys back to their mothers in coffins…
    A ‘curious’ way to pass the time for Mr. Reagan, a self-described ‘Christian-prolifer’!
    Mr. Reagan also made the following comment, then brushed off humanity-wide criticism, (another instance of his ‘Teflon Presidency’), calling it a ‘joke’:
    “Ladies & gentleman, you’ll be pleased to learn we’ve passed legislation outlawing the Soviet Union. We begin bombing in 5 minutes”. …Ever made a ‘hijacking’ joke while waiting to have your nipples groped by the TSA?
    Perhaps others find it funny to ‘joke’ about a radioactive Darwinian Extinction, (like Harold ‘Rain-Date’ Camping, still waiting for his Deity), made by one who is/was authorized to initiate it…I DON’T!
    …If you’ll pardon the sarcasm…
    Did ‘Amerika’ ever find all those nasty little ‘W.M.D.’s in…Nicaragua? …Or El Salvador? …Guatemala? …Chile? …Argentina? …Paraguay? …Vietnam?
    We ALL know they WEREN’T found in Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan, despite 10 years, a TRILLION in tax money, 5-6,000 dead Americans, (gay & straight), and of course, 1.something.MILLION ‘collateral’s damaged’, a polite example of ‘Orwellian Diplo-Speak’: describing men, woman, children, pets, live-stock, trees & other living things, and, of course, foetels, (wanted & unwanted), converted by the marvels of modern technology into…
    steaming chunks of Pastrami…all we need is the veggies, potatoes & gravy, and, presto: it’s dinnerl!
    Under ‘Sir Ronald, The Senile’, we spent enough tax $$$ on proxy wars, REAL WMD’s, (thew ‘Peacemaker IRBM build up, then build down), unarmed civilians tortured by their own governments, (and sometimes disposed of just like Bin_Ladin: dropped from U.S. $upplied helicopters into the ocean), & modern military firepower vs. unarmed civilians in the (above-mentioned) countries!!

    Now, having learned NOTHING from the incredibly dangerous tenure of Reagan, we have prolifeers, (some of whom claim their Deity “loves I.E.D.’s!”), T-baggers & (Talibanistic) Tv-evangelicals who publicly admit belief in a ‘6,000 year old earth, populated by humans & dinosaurs, (…’Fred Flintstone’, brought to life!), while the actual 2012-wannabes have, as yet, FAILED to pass the 35% slice on the (republican) voter-pie!

    I hope Mr. O’Bama isn’t nagged too much, (circa: spring, 2013), by Mrs. O’Bama when he gets around to thanking those he couldn’t possibly have been re-elected without!
    …Including ‘Quitter’ Palin, ‘Diamond Newt’ Gringrich, ‘Pray-Her-Hubby’s-Gay-Away’ Bachmann, ‘Does-anyone-else-know-I’m-running?’ Huntsman, and, last but not least, ‘Job-Exporter’ Romney…

    1. RichD says:

      Are you forgetting that Ronald Reagen won re-election with 49 out of 50 states, the largest landslide in American history? Unlike the oathetic hack in the White house today, Reagen was beloved by the country.

    2. TheRealKingMax says:

      Well, now, what do we have here?

      “UrsusRexx”, another hatemonger turd of the Left.

      And, GUESS WHAT, boys, and girls? AnusRaxx has learned the complicated task of ‘cut ‘n paste”!!!! Right off of DailyKAOS!!!!

      Yayyy, AnusBoy!

      NO WMDs? Really?

      Time to put that old liberal lie to bed. Just look for the declassified link on the webpage:

      http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,200499,00.html

  38. elmer says:

    they admired him so much– they just wanted to put this in there back yard

  39. moreco2 says:

    Newport Beach is full of crack heads. It’s also full of lefty Moonbats that hate Reagan. So it’s a toss-up as to who did it.

  40. David B says:

    I have a really good idea for a movie! But I have an even better idea for a reality TV show. Call it…..Bait Statue,Bait bumper sticker. So you have a mobile copper statue of Jesus or Reagan on a trailer but locked up etc. You have cameras set up at all kinds of angles. You put up signs in English Spanish etc Warning Danger of Electric Shock! You also have a ton of cops around. So when the dems try to deface it and steal it you shock the living f out of them then arrest them.

  41. Susy says:

    I think we know where this came from. Look for many more historical statues to be destroyed. Didn’t Michelle say we will change history? Well, they are trying their best to destroy – oops, change history.

  42. TroyG says:

    America is filled with people who can’t pay attention.
    This thread is filled with comments on everything but the story.
    Pay attention people, this story is about vandalism.
    The moral of the story is that it is wrong, period!
    It wouldn’t matter if the statue were of Bill Clinton, vandalism is wrong, and the politics are just a stupid excuse to not condemn the illegal act.

  43. TheRealKingMax says:

    “Bob” drooled “I’ll take Carter anyday over St Ronnie”.

    Yup, I’ll bet you would.

    We also hear that you’ll take ANYTHING when you’re bent over a barrel…

    And that you think Preparation H is a miracle cure. No mystery there, limpwrist.

  44. toof to powie says:

    Just some cackling, drug addled, unemployable leftist sticking it to Reagan. Tee hee.

  45. ROD says:

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME FIND ANYONE TRYING TO DISTROY ANY PRESIDENTS STATUE IN THIS COUNTRY. PLEASEEEEEEEE. IT WILL END AS FAST OR FASTER THAN IT STARTED.

  46. Jim says:

    It was probably the RNC wanting to run it for president in 2012.

    A statue wouldn’t be much different than Reagan was during his second term, and maybe even a bit more reliable.

  47. Looneytoonsindville says:

    I hope the idiot ruined his truck!

  48. Roger Harris says:

    This is why I call liberal sthe move on hate movement. They disrespect everything; they are too busy with their name calling and self congratulation to realize they are spreading of hate in the name of jealousy for other peoples belongings. Acts like these are why I will never vote for a democrate again.

  49. Abel Garcia says:

    I am surprised even “The Statue of Liberty” has not been tried to be stolen since it is mainly steel framework holding up copper plates. I am surprised Reagen’s statue was not loaded dozens with antithief sensors. Yoyu can bet that when it is repaired, someone will try again.

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