NJ Civil War Statue Beheaded

Police are offering a $100 reward to anyone who can help find the person(s) who chopped the head off the statue of a Civil War soldier.

Someone whacked the head off the statue of a Civil War soldier that stands in Bridgeton, New Jersey's City Park.

It's an act reminiscent of the opening of the Simpsons where the head of Jebediah Springfield is sawed off.

But this is no laughing matter for authorities in the small town.

"I feel very strongly that monuments dedicated to the memory of our national heroes should be preserved," said Bridgeton Police Chief Mark Ott.

"Those who have served with honor and integrity and continued on that path after returning safely home, should not have to suffer the indignity of having the memory tarnished by such an act."

Find the head and you will get $400 in reward money -- $100 put up by the police chief himself.

The head of the statue is valued at about $3,000.

The vandalism is especially upsetting because of all the men from Bridgeton who served in the Civil War.

"This town sent 100 men to the Civil War and four years later only 35 returned," said Bill Conway who alerted police about the beheading.

Police aren't exactly sure how vandals chopped the head off, considering the statue's height.

It was reported missing Tuesday afternoon from the park on Mayor Aitken Drive.

Police are trying to figure out exactly when the statue was last seen intact.

If you have information that helps lead to the arrest of whoever is responsible call the TIP line at 856-455-5560 or Bridgeton police at 856-451-0033.

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