Supervisor Jeff Stone has asked Riverside County to post a reward of up to $10,000 for new information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for damaging a statue of Pres. Ronald Reagan in Temecula.
The Board is expected to consider the proposed reward at its meeting on Oct. 8. The statue in Ronald Reagan Sports Park was badly burned on or about Sept. 20. A parks worker discovered the damage to the statue, which was donated to the City of Temecula by the nonprofit Friends of Ronald Reagan Sports Park. It was the first phase of a planned monument that also will celebrate the park’s founding members and volunteers.
“It’s despicable that someone would intentionally damage a public work of art that honors President Reagan,” Stone said. “The people who would do something like this need to know, we will take unusual measures to make sure they are caught and punished.”
The Board of Supervisors may offer a reward under state Government Code Section 53069.5 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of people who commit certain kinds of crimes. If more than one eligible person claims the reward, the Executive Office will consult with law enforcement officials to determine how important each claimant’s information was to the investigation. His office would then submit recommendations to the Board about potential reward distributions. The total of the rewards paid in the case could not exceed $10,000 regardless of how many people file claims and the dates by which they file.
Anyone with information about those responsible for setting fire to the Ronald Reagan statute of Ronald Reagan should contact the Riverside County Fire Department's arson hotline at (800) 633-2836.