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Third suspect is charged in 2001 Yogi Bear vandalism case

April 24, 2002|BY MARLO BARNHART

A third suspect in the vandalism of the Yogi Bear statue at Jellystone Park Campground near Williamsport was served with a criminal summons Tuesday by Maryland State Police.

Terry Lee Doyle, 21, of 7513 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, faces charges of misdemeanor theft and malicious destruction of property, Trooper 1st Class Russ Plante said.

The missing arm of the 10-foot statue, taken by vandals, was believed to be in the Potomac River in the area of the Taylor's Landing boat ramp, according to police.

But park Manager Cheryl Smith said Tuesday that efforts to find and retrieve the arm hadn't paid off.

If the arm is not found, an artist will be hired to make a cast from a similar statue and fashion a replacement, Smith said.

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Today, there are court dates for Joshua Aaron Crampton, 21, of Knoxville, in Washington County District Court, and a 17-year-old Sharpsburg male in Washington County Juvenile Court.

Each is charged with one count of malicious destruction of property in connection with the bear's missing arm.

Vandals tied a rope around the bear's fiberglass arm and used a truck to try to wrench the statue from its post outside the Williamsport campground entrance Dec. 16, 2001, police said.

The statue broke and the vandals drove away with the arm, causing $9,000 in damage to the statue.

Witnesses later reported seeing the arm in the bed of a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck traveling south on Dam No. 4 Road.

The damaged bear was put in storage until it can be repaired.

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