Vandals destroy statues honoring murdered Holocaust children

Published: 02/25/2021, 1:33 PM
Edited: 03/11/2021, 10:22 AM
(TULSA, Okla.) UPDATE: A 15-year-old male and a 16-year-old male are now in custody in connection with the property damage and vandalism at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art early Wednesday morning. Through the course of the investigation, we learned before going to the museum, the two suspects also threatened another citizen with a knife near 66th and S. Lewis. No one was hurt in this incident. Because of their ages, we are not releasing their names at this time. Both suspects were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and felony vandalism (The technical term is malicious injury or destruction of property.) In this case, it’s a felony because the damage exceeds $1000. For those asking about charging with a Hate Crime, it is only a misdemeanor. They were charged with a higher crime felony "Vandalism". A special thanks to citizens for sending in tips, and to investigators for their hard work in quickly making an arrest. This is an arrest, not a conviction. ORIGINAL STORY: Officers are trying to locate the two male suspects seen on surveillance, accused of damaging Holocaust tribute statues. Early Wednesday morning, we were notified of vandalism at The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art in south Tulsa. The museum has five Holocaust tribute statues with the names of Jewish children on them who were murdered. Each statue is filled with 2000 rocks. Surveillance video shows the suspects bending the metal statues and knocking them down while also attempting to steal them unsuccessfully. The museum says the suspects caused more than $15,000 in damage. Anyone who recognizes these suspects should call Tulsa Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS. You can remain anonymous when calling. If you would like to make a donation to the Museum, please go to:


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