Grand Rapids police looking for Ford gravesite vandals – WILX-TV

Grand Rapids police looking for Ford gravesite vandals - WILX-TV
Skateboarding couple deface gravesite of former President Gerald Ford, first lady Betty Ford
Police say theyre looking for two people with skateboards who are suspected of defacing the gravesite of former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford in Grand Rapids. Police released a photo of a man and a woman sitting on a wall. The man appears to be marking or digging into panels that say, “Lives Committed to God, Country and Love.”

We could use your help in identifying two individuals suspected in defacing the grave sites of President Gerald R. Ford…

CBS affiliate WWMT posted video that shows the woman kicking her skateboard into the panels. The incident occurred on March 27.

The Fords are buried outside a museum that is dedicated to Gerald Fords presidency. He died in 2006. Betty Ford died in 2011.

The  Department of Justice says destruction of government property worth more than $100 comes with a publishable fine up to $250,000 or up to 10 years in prison.

In security camera video, a young man and woman, possibly teenagers, can be seen approaching the gravesite at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. The couple can be seen kicking a skateboard across the front of the memorial; then they hoist themselves to sit on top of it, where the young man appears to try to rip one of the letters out of the inscription.

“We look at this as extreme vandalism,” Joel Westphal, deputy director of the presidential library, told NBC affiliate WOOD of Grand Rapids on Wednesday.

“We look upon this site as an important site,” Westphal said. “This is a presidential gravesite, and were not happy.”


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