Friday, September 4, 2015

$500 Reward for Graffiti Info

Got this email from Fishtown's A.J. Thompson, on behalf of the Friends of Penn Treaty Park. If you know who the perps are, why not earn yourself some quick cash? Because this is a disgrace.

$500 Reward for Graffiti Info


Got this email from Fishtown's A.J. Thompson, on behalf of the Friends of Penn Treaty Park. If you know who the perps are, why not earn yourself some quick cash? Because this is a disgrace.

"This week, a group of cowards crept into Penn Treaty Park in the middle of the night and defaced the statue of William Penn, the stone circles surrounding his monument and the old Treaty Tree area and large areas of the walkway around the park.  This vandalism will cost thousands of dollars to remove - if we are even able to do so.  The stone that surrounds the monument and the monument itself is very sensitive and paint is not easily removed from it. 

"To date, groups of pathetic, attention-starved vandals have hit the park many times.  They have never risen to this level of destruction. 

"This  is why the Friends of Penn Treaty Park are offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of any individual connected to the recent graffiti incident at the park.  Please call police with any information or if you want email

"This act has threatened the remaining programs at the park for this year, as the cost of cleaning up after these criminals was not in our budget.  Grafiti is not art.  It is a crime.  When a selfish, petulant person chooses to deface a monument to the founder of our Commonwealth at the place of its founding, it is a crime against all of us, not just the park. 

"Please view the graffiti in these photos on this email or on our website at or take a look for yourselves at the acts perpetrated against the park and all it stands for.  It will make you angry.  It will make you sad.  It has certainly done so to the Friends.  However, we will not stop until these individuals are caught and the monuments and the park are restored to their glory."

Again, the contact email is  Or call me at the Daily News  - 215-854-2217 - and I'll get you in touch with A.J. The Friends have worked too hard on this lovely park to let vandals mock their efforts with impunity.   

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