Video released, reward offered in Howard's Rock vandalism
Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:05:09 GMT —
CLEMSON, S.C. (WACH) - Clemson University police have released video and pictures of a pickup truck they believe is tied to the vandalism of Howard's Rock at Memorial Stadium.
Earlier this month, investigators say someone pried off the iconic image's protective cover and chipped off a fist-sized piece of the rock Clemson players rub before taking the field during the team's entrance into the stadium on game days.
The video shows the truck arriving and leaving the east side of Memorial Stadium on Sunday, June 2, which is the period during which the rock was said to be damaged. In the video, the truck is shown arriving at the stadium at roughly 11:22 that night. Two people got out and walked toward the stadium. Approximately 11 minutes later, video shows the two people walking and dancing around outside the pickup before driving away.
Still photos of the vehicle were also captured by city of Clemson surveillance cameras.
In the days following the act of vandalism, Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney expressed extreme concern and hoped for justice.
"It is very disappointing that someone would disrespect our unique tradition to this extent. It is one of the iconic images of the game," said Swinney. "I am sure Clemson police will investigate this thoroughly and hold the person accountable for this behavior."
Police have announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Clemson University's athletics department raise the money from private funds.
If you have any information about the case, you are urged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Last week, Clemson University police say the vandal or vandals could face a multitude of charges including petit larceny, malicious injury to state property, trespassing, larceny and malicious entry.