Two vandals thought is was a good idea to urinate on an Alabama veterans memorial one night. What the two men didn't realize was the whole incident of the two defacing a Florence veterans memorial was caught on a surveillance camera.
Now, the two vandals are charged with entering into a closed city park and desecrating a memorial for veterans.
Randy Chapin, the volunteer curator of the veterans memorial, said the desecration and disrespect was hard to stomach.
"These monuments out here are for different people and the soldiers who didn't come home," said Chapin. "It's really disrespectful and uncalled for."
Zachary Royce, 18, of Collinwood, Tennessee, and Bradley Crosslin, 24, of Florence, were arrested and face charges from the incident which occurred November 24.
Florence police said the two were seen on surveillance video Oct. 24 entering Florence Veterans Park after-hours and climbing on the F-4 Phantom jet on display. The two tried to open the plane's fuselage and urinated on one of the wings, they said.
Florence, Alabama police Sgt. Cliff Billingsley told WHNT the gates of the Veterans Park were closed, so the suspects climbed over the fence and on top of one of the monuments, an F-4D Phantom. The incident occurred around 5:30 a.m.
"While they were on top of the Phantom, they then tried to get the fuselage open, and at one point, they both urinated on top of it," Billingsley said. Police said the two men are also suspected of damaging a door and bathrooms at the monument.
"This memorial is for veterans who served our country. Some gave the ultimate, and just to come out and deface a memorial like this is definitely a disgrace," he said.
According to an Al.com report, The two were arrested later that night after an officer spotted them causing a disturbance at an intersection. Surveillance video taken at the monument linked the two to the vandalism.
Royce and Crosslin were charged with destruction and desecration of burial grounds, third-degree criminal trespassing and third-degree criminal mischief. The destruction and desecration of burial grounds charge, which encompassed destruction of a memorial to the dead, is a Class A misdemeanor and carries a punishment of up to one year in jail and a fine of as much $1,000 with conviction.
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