NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Vandals likely using a chain have pulled a life-size statue of former President Ronald Reagan off its foundation at a Southern California park.

Newport Beach police Sgt. Kirk Jacobi tells the Orange County Register that vandals may have targeted the $60,000 statue for sale as scrap metal. Or he says they don’t like the nation’s 40th chief executive.

The statue at Bonita Canyon Sports Park was found broken off its foundation early Sunday.

Investigators say thieves apparently tied a chair around the bronze and tried to pull it away using a pickup or other vehicle. City crews have now taken away the statue for repairs.

It was dedicated on Oct. 9 as part of the yearlong celebration of Reagan’s 100th birthday.

Nobody has been arrested.

Comments (12)
  1. redneckwriter says:

    Never liked Reagan, but even I wouldn’t try to tear down a statue.

  2. Jeff says:

    Best President Ever

  3. working american says:

    Turned the country around …
    Noticed they seemed to know quite a bit about how it was vandlaized
    but no suspect arrested yet … ?? something smells here … but then again
    it is Calif. the lib state …

  4. David Banner says:

    Hmmm Interesting..even in memorial Reagan was leaning heavily towards the right….:)

  5. David Banner says:

    Well from the viewers poinf=t of view..have a laugh guys its Monday

  6. justiceforall says:

    never liked the racist, bigoted president who orderd the deaths of those afflicted with AIDs because of his homophobia. Nothing was done until his buddy got it. He even tried to slow down Cesar Chavez when he was governor. Racist pig!

    1. Mike Hawk says:

      you must be latino.

  7. Catbert says:

    “Investigators say thieves apparently tied a chair around the bronze and tried to pull it away using a pickup or other vehicle.”

    How the heck do you tie a chair around a statue, unless it was one of those ergonomic chairs. Stupid newswriter!

  8. David Merritt says:

    Why does everyone blame the Vandals?! It might just as well been the Goths, Visigoths, Celts, Serbs, or some other northern European tribe.

  9. Andy says:

    notice he’s leaning toward the right! miss you Ronnie! GOP4LIFE

  10. Gene Rossi says:

    Vandalism is criminal and antisocial. . . .the responsible crooks need electroshock reprogramming.

  11. bringonthefoodstamps says:

    I wish they would melt it down and make bronze manhole covers out of it. Could not relate to that actor by profession turned politition all he knew was make believe now all the polititions are making believe an we are the audience like it or not.

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