Alton Landmark Vandalized

1 decade 2 years 3 months ago Friday, June 22 2007 Jun 22, 2007 Friday, June 22, 2007 7:04:57 AM CDT June 22, 2007 in News
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ALTON, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in Alton say they've tracked down five teenagers who trashed the landmark Piasa Bird. The Piasa Bird is a mythological beast painted on limestone bluffs in Illinois along the Mississippi River. It was damaged June 10 when vandals threw tar-dipped sticks at the bird and dripped tar on the park's patio and walkway. Alton Police Chief Chris Sullivan says one teen was overheard at Alton High School talking about the vandalism, and other young people turned them in for a reward. Four of the boys are 16 years old, and the other is 15. Detective Sergeant Jake Simmons says they wanted to explore caves at the park and took buckets of tar from a construction site to make "torches." He says the vandalism began after they couldn't get the tar to light.

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