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Police Still Searching for Historic Vandalism Suspects

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Savannah police need your help determining who decided to destroy part of Savannah's historic Battlefield Park.

Investigators say a blue Mustang did "donuts" through the fields back on March 2.

Surveillance video caught the car, and another camera even saw some of the suspects.

But while a number of tips have come in to police, no one has directly identified the driver.

"It seems based on those tips that people may know who is involved in this and are reluctant to provide the name," explained Detective Nick Gorgos of the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department. "But if these people are listening and watching we'd really like a name and location."

Surveillance video from the Parkers on MLK boulevard gives you a better look at the three men police say were in that Kona or Vista blue Mustang that night.

"Its a senseless crime, it really is," said Detective Gorgos. "It's a lot of money, the historical value of that park alone is what makes this a really unfortunate situation."

If you can help find that car or these suspects, call Savannah-Chatham Metro Police or Crimestoppers right away.

Their number is (912) 234-2020.

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UPDATE:

The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department has released new videos of subjects wanted for questioning in the recent damaging of a historical park.

Three males are shown in videos exiting a blue Ford Mustang and walking into a convenience store just after a car matching that description drove onto Battlefield Park at Louisville Road and MLK Jr. Boulevard about midnight Sunday morning and spun around in circles on the parade ground and monument section.

The occupants are shown entering the store, waiting to use a restroom and leaving the restroom. A few seconds later, the blue Mustang is seen exiting the parking lot.

SCMPD says the driver is wearing a black button up shirt, blue jeans and the short military style haircut. The front seat passenger is wearing a black shirt, black pants and an Atlanta Falcons baseball cap. The back seat passenger is dressed in a blue plaid shirt, tan pants and a blue baseball cap turned backwards.

The Mustang, believed to be about a 2010 model with chrome exhausts, was shown on a previous video crossing MLK Boulevard headed west onto Louisville Road. It could be seen a few seconds later in the background spinning circles in the park. Stones on the monument were heavily damaged and deep ruts were left in the parade ground lawn.

The car may be a color Ford calls Vista Blue.

Anyone with information on the case, the Mustang or any of the males in the videos is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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Crews are still cleaning up the costly mess from a joyride one mustang allegedly took at Battlefield Park in Savannah.

It's thousands of dollars in damage to replace the memorial stones which represent those who died in the Battle of Savannah in 1779, during the American Revolution.

It's also heart breaking to those who call the site sacred ground.

"It was a joyride. I mean, for about 15 seconds, you know, they did about $25,000 worth of damage," says Bill Sullivan of the Coastal Heritage Society.

Sullivan and his workers have already done about 200 man hours of repairs to the memorial. Their work is only about half done.

"As you can tell, I mean, it's an exhaustive process," Sullivan says.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police says last Sunday night, the driver of a blue or purple newer model Ford Mustang drove onto Battlefield Park to do doughnuts. Newly released surveillance footage at the intersection of Louisville and Liberty Streets show the vehicle they are still searching for.

"This is the site of the Battle of Savannah. A lot of people died here. This shows a total lack of respect," Sullivan says.

There are 800 stones in 80 rows of 10. Each one of those represents someone who was killed or injured in this battle.

"I'm just shocked about what happened to this fabulous project," says Valmere Knapp.

Knapp is a Daughter of the American Revolution, visiting Savannah from Illinois.

"They must be just really sad kids that have nothing better to do. They don't even appreciate what they're given," Knapp says.

Meanwhile, Sullivan will keep up the hard work, slowly replacing 35 of the 250 lb. stones.

"I can't imagine the person who did this. I mean, why?" he asks.

Anyone with information on the case, the Mustang or the driver is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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