UPDATE: Four people have been charged for damaging snowmen back in December that were part of a Stroudsburg holiday display.
According to police, they have filed theft and related charges against the following individuals.
- Clifford Brinkley, 21 year old male from Philadelphia
- Jacob Cirillo, 20 year old male from East Stroudsburg
- Tyler Watson, 21 year old male from Warrington Pa
- Benjamin Moser, 22 year old male from Harrisburg
Police say Brinkley, Cirillo, and Watson damaged the displays while walking to a residence on Lower Main Street.
Moser was not with group when the alleged vandalism took place, but police say Moser suggested that the group should collect the snowmen’s heads to avoid being “caught”.
Moser left a local bar and met up with Watson and Cirillo and assisted them in the theft of all three of the snowman’s heads.
UPDATE: Stroud Area Regional Police say the individuals responsible for allegedly vandalizing a holiday display in Stroudsburg have turned themselves in and returned the snowman heads. Police are continuing the investigation and will release more details in the near future.
UPDATE: Stroud Area Regional Police have released video of several people wanted for questioning in an alleged act of vandalism Saturday night in Monroe County.
On Saturday night into Sunday morning an unknown individual(s) damaged the following Go Collaborative snowmen by removing their heads:
- Skyman Snowman- located by 744 Main Street,
- Churchhill Snowman- located by 600 Main Street
- Sowing Love Snowman- located by 548 Main Street
- Cadence Snowman- located by 538 Main Street
Each Snowman is valued at approximately $2000.00.
From Stroud Area Regional Police Department: “Currently the SARPD has video of the damage to the Churchill Snowman located in front of the Renegade Winery. At approximately 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning the video shows a group of 5 individuals, walking down the sidewalk, and a male wearing a red Philly’s hat, white hoodie, black pants and white sneakers, punching the snowman in the head causing the head to fall off. Another individual in the group also punches the snowman. The group then leaves the area headed towards 5th Street.”
We are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying any of the 5 males seen on the video and if anyone has any information on the missing snowmen’s heads to please contact Detective Corporal Emily Raymond at 570-421-6800 ext: 1015.
STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Vandals in Stroudsburg are stealing holiday cheer.
Three snowmen on display on Main Street were found headless.
Eyewitness News reporter Anja Whitehead talks with locals about the destroyed “Snowmen Project.”
Over the past few weeks people have seen decorative snowmen popping up around Stroudsburg to spread holiday cheer, but over the weekend, vandals have tried to take that holiday cheer away.
Jim Evanisko, President of Go Collaborative said “a group of people chose to go out and destroy 4 of the snowmen using bats and whatever else. They are sturdy objects, you punch one you hurt your hand. But these show bat marks on them and everything else.”
The Snowmen Project was meant to bring joy to the public and bring in more visitors to the small businesses that line the streets.
Jim Evanisko told us “with the snowmen we’re bringing in more tourism, we’re bringing the locals out so their children can see them. They’re looking for them and seeing there is a main street and its subsidiary streets actually have businesses on them.”
Jim Evanisko says the vandalism is a shame because many artists dedicated so much time and effort into this project.
“It takes 8 weeks, ten weeks to fabricate the snowmen. To give them to the artists they get 6 weeks and some of these people have put in 75, 100, 175 hours painting them decorating them.”
People who live in the area are heartbroken for the artists’ works that were destroyed.
David Reid of Stroudsburg said “honestly if I was the artist and they disrespected my work like that I’d be very upset because I didn’t have to put my art out there for others to see but I did it out of the graciousness of my heart because I want others to see it and feel the same way I did about it.”
Vandals also hit the volunteer fire department’s Christmas display which was set to open tonight. Anyone with information on the vandalism should contact the Stroud Regional Police Department at (570) 421-6800.