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Whitewater Police searching for two people who vandalized Birge Fountain

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Andrea Anderson
May 21, 2014

WHITEWATER—Whitewater police are searching for two people who took an early-morning wade through the Birge Fountain and stole a spear from one of the fountain's statues.

At about 2 a.m. May 16, a male and female in their early 20s were caught on video climbing and vandalizing the Flat Iron Park fountain, 402 W. Main St., according to a Whitewater Police Department news release.

Police are looking for a woman who wore a light blue or green top and dark shorts. Her hair was pulled back in a ponytail. The man wore a dark T-shirt and gray shorts. He has short hair, according to the release.

The video shows a woman walking through the water,  hoisting herself onto the fountain and maneuvering around the fountain's cherubs.

About 30 seconds later, the man enters into the frame, wades through the shallow water and climbs onto the fountain. Eventually, he yanks a spear from a cherub's hand.

The woman raises her hands in victory and the two exit the fountain and video.

Julius Birge gave the fountain to Whitewater in 1903,. Birge was born in 1839 and was the first child born to European settlers in Walworth County, according to the Whitewater Arts Alliance website.

Anyone with information about the vandalism can contact police  at 262-473-0555. Tips can also be texted to 274637 or CRIMES.

 



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