Two men sought after display destroyed at Gardens Mall

Posted at 9:17 PM, Jun 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 12:55:57-04

Palm Beach Gardens police and Gardens Mall representatives are working to identify two men seen vandalizing a charitable display in the mall.

In surveillance video, two men are seen standing near a "Canstructure" outside Saks.

One of the men uses his cellphone to record the other man diving into the structure, built of cans and non-perishable food items.

Both men run into Saks and out to the parking lot. Cameras outside the mall captured pictures of the car they ran to and the plate number, according to mall security.

The Canstructure was designed by the Corradino Group. There are numerous organizations that spent months designing the structures to place in the mall as an effort to raise awareness of childhood hunger for the Palm Beach County Food Bank.

Officials with the Food Bank say too many children go hungry during the summer months because they cannot get a meal at school.

A Marketing Director for the mall, Michele Jacobs, says about 500 cans were damaged, that now, may not be able to be given to the Food Bank.

“They should be really embarrassed that they did this. This is just not a good thing to do," said Jacobs.

“It’s pretty senseless and to hurt a charity like that, there’s just no reason for it," said Meredith Cruz with the Corradino Group.

About a dozen employees spent several hours rebuilding the structure Wednesday night.

Jacobs said the mall will award gift cards to anyone who helps identify the men seen in the surveillance video.

The mall will also donate an additional $2,500 to the Palm Beach County Food Bank when an arrest is made.

Employees of the Corradino Group successfully reassembled the "Canstructure" following the incident and the structure is expected to remain on display at the Gardens Mall through June 19.

If you have any information on who the men are or their whereabouts, please call the Gardens Mall at 561-622-2115 or Palm Beach Gardens Police at 561-799-4406.