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'Sandi' tree vandalized in West Palm Beach, causing more than $1,000 in damage

Posted: 8:57 AM, Nov 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-29 16:55:52-05
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The West Palm Beach Police Department said the city's holiday sand tree, known as "Sandi", was vandalized early Thursday morning, causing costly damage.

Sgt. David Lefont released photos of people climbing "Sandi" around 3:22 a.m.

Lefont said the damage exceeds more than $1,000, so the crime is a felony.

Surveillance video released by police shows one person climbing on the side of the 35-foot tree and sliding down it.

Video shows male climbing, sliding on 'Sandi' tree in West Palm Beach

On Friday, the name "Brenna" was still carved in the sand.

The city says on its website that “Sandi” weighs 700 tons. The annual holiday tree lighting is scheduled to take place on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers or the West Palm Beach Police Department 561-822-1900.