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SCMPD looking for Battlefield Memorial Park vandals

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police are looking for vandals who caused $25,000 worth of damage at Battlefield Memorial Park over the weekend.

You can still see the tire markings where the weekend vandals did doughnuts through the grass and on top of the soldiers stone monument.

Battlefield Memorial Park is located just across the street from the Savannah History Museum. It serves as a memorial to those who fought in the second bloodiest battle of the American Revolution, and marks where approximately 800 troops died or were wounded.

Luckily the vandals did not damage any of the engraved granite stones while performing doughnuts over the memorial, but they did damage 70 unmarked stones, 35 of which will have to be reset.

The granite stones represent those who died or were wounded during the battle of Savannah in 1770, during the American Revolution. The 800 granite stones sit on top of submerged pylons.

Officials said it is going to take a lot of time and money to repair a memorial that plays such a key role in helping share Savannah's history.

"Each sits on a footing. Their are 800 in total," said Project Manager Estimator Eric Davenport. "They are set on mortar and fall 1/8 inches to next. We have to go in and reset them and clean the rubber marking from the tires."

It's going to be under repair for at least two weeks, so tourists won't be able to see it in its normal state.

"Battlefield Park is part of Tricentenial Park," said Davenport. "This is a huge part of our programming we use to tell about the Battle of Savannah and right now we can't tell that story."

With no traffic cams in the park or witness's coming forward, police still don't have a suspect. They are looking at traffic cams in the area.

The Coastal Heritage Society is offering $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

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