COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – The Coeur d’Alene Police Department is asking for the public’s help Tuesday in identifying a person of interest in connection to damage caused to “Pappy’s Bell” at McEuen Field sometime over the weekend.
According to police, they got a call on Sunday around 7:50 a.m. from a Cd’A Parks employee who discovered that “Pappy’s Bell” located at Veterans Memorial in McEuen Field was significantly damaged.
Authorities believe the damage happened sometime between Saturday night and the morning. Police want to speak with anyone who was near the Harbor House, 3rd Street Dock, or the Veterans Memorial on Saturday night.
Police released two photos of someone they are calling a person of interest in the case. He was seen in the immediate area of the bell for various lengths of time on Saturday night between 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
On the City's Facebook page they said the damage could be in excess of $15,000 and they are unsure if it could even be fixed.
City officials said they believe someone rocked the bell and the post holding it on to the frame broke and it crashed to the ground, causing the fracture.
The bell was donated to the City of Coeur d’Alene by the father of local veteran Jim Sherpherd, city officials said. They began using the bell as part of its Veterans Memorial at 3rd and Front streets in the 1960s and it was refurbished prior to the opening of the renovated McEuen Park.
Anyone with information is asked to reference #16C3482 and call 208-769-2320.