Public art installation destroyed by vandal in The Heights; Crime Stoppers offers reward for information

A week after volunteers installed yarn art on this metal structure in The Heights, it was vandalized. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information.

June 16, 2013 8:14:24 PM PDT
Just one week after a public art project was installed on a metal structure in The Heights, it was torn down by a vandal. Now, Crime Stoppers is offering a reward to anyone who has information on the crime.

The installation was what's called a "yarn-bombing," which is a public art movement that involves covering anything with knitted and crocheted yarn creations.

It was a sight to behold: 24 large squares, knitted, crocheted and tethered to a steel trellis -- just to make you stop and smile.

"We heard nothing negative about it. People loved this piece. It's happy, so I don't know what that woman was thinking," knitter Debbie Mueller said.

Where the yarn bomb installation was is now a reward poster for information on a woman seen ripping and cutting the installation apart early Saturday evening, just as David Milner was walking by.

"I said to the woman, 'What happened?' I thought she was part of the group. I thought it was going to be up for another month," Milner said. "And she wouldn't comment. She wouldn't talk to me."

It might not seem high crime, but what happened here matters. The destruction of what was intended to be a touch of whimsy in a world that needs it means a lot to the people and the community that helped create it, not to mention the person who organized it all -- Mary Goldsby.

"It's been overwhelmingly positive. And that's what makes this all the more puzzling," she said. "Absolutely, it's a mystery."

It's a mystery an entire community of knitters is trying to unravel

"It may be someone who's troubled," knitter Andrea Holberg said. "But yes, I wish that person would come forward and explain at least."

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $500 for any information called in to the 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at that leads to the filing of felony charges or arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. Tips can also be sent by text message. Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.

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