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Group caught on camera vandalizing downtown Colorado Springs art

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COLORADO SPRINGS -

Three people were caught in the act vandalizing a piece of art in downtown Colorado Springs thanks to nearby surveillance camera footage.

In the video, you can see a man get a running start and body check the statue, watching it topple over and fall out of the planter it was put in. You can also see them taking cell phone video as they walked away.

It happened around 1 a.m. On Friday near Tejon and Platte in front of Mountain Chalet.

This is from the Downtown Partnerships's "Art Spot" program that was just launched in February, designed to liven up planter pots along the sidewalks.

"Unfortunately because so many of the pieces have been damaged over the last eight months, we're thinking at this point, we won't be able to do it again," Claire Swinford, the Urban Engagement Manager for the Downtown Partnership said. "Most of our budget that would have gone to acquiring more pieces from local artists next year instead had to go to repairs this year."

The "Art Spot" program did have a total of 12 pieces of art throughout downtown, 6 of which have been vandalized over the past few months.

If you have any information, you are asked to call police at 719-444-7000.

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