ATASCADERO, Calif. -

This morning, at 10:05 AM, Atascadero Police Officers were dispatched to the Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial, located at the intersection of Portola Road and Morro Road, regarding a vandalism/hit and run.

Someone observed a 1980’s red Chevrolet pickup truck drive through the Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial grounds causing damage to several benches and lights. 

The truck then drove off before officers got there.

The damage to the memorial has been initially estimated at $15,000.00.

City of Atascadero Mayor Tom O’Malley states, “On behalf of the Council I am saddened to hear about the damage done to the Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial this morning.  While I am disheartened that an individual or individuals caused the damage, at the same time I am encouraged by the quick response of our City staff members, Memorial Foundation representatives and community members.  We ask for the community’s continued response in providing the Police Department with any information they may have regarding the incident.“