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Monuments still show vandalism


Albany Police and District Attorney's Office are continuing their investigation into the vandalism of Veterans monuments in downtown Albany Saturday.

Upset City leaders say they will do what they can to protect the monuments.

Much of the damage has been scrubbed off but the World War II monument still shows signs of spray paint on the marble.

None of the city's downtown surveillance cameras were trained on Veterans Park when the monuments were vandalized.

The cameras are moveable and occasionally they are pointed where the monuments are located.

"When the monument was defaced the last time we actually trained it there for a while," recalled Asst. City Manager Wes Smith. "But you have to move them from time to time, particularly if there is an event. And you can't anticipate everything."

Smith said this morning that city leaders would discuss ways to protect the monuments, including decisions on surveillance cameras around Veterans Park.

Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard wants whoever responsible to be caught and prosecuted, and is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

This is the second time the monuments have been defaced in two years. In 2012, they were found smeared with a thick substance. No arrests were ever made in 2012 related to that vandalism.

Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeSTOPPERS AT 436-TIPS.

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