SHRUB OAK, N.Y. - Police are searching for a person caught on camera appearing to steal the entrance sign to the Indian Hill section of Donald J. Trump State Park in Yorktown.
According to surveillance images shared by Connecticut State Police-Western District Major Crime Squad, the alleged theft of the sign took place on Indian Hill Road around 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 22. Connecticut police are assisting New York State Park Police in the investigation.
Police describe the suspect as a white man, aged 30-40, possibly wearing eyeglasses. The man was driving a dark-colored late-model Ford Transit passenger van with tinted windows. Anyone with information is asked to contact Connecticut State Police Troop G at 203-696-2568.
Donald J. Trump State Park, 436 acres of undeveloped land, was donated by Trump to New York State in 2006. The park is divided into two sites: a 282-acre Indian Hill site in Yorktown and Putnam Valley, and a 154-acre French Hill site in Yorktown. Trump's name must be “prominently displayed” at both the Indian Hill and French Hill entrances, according to the 2006 agreement.
This is not the first time the Donald J. Trump State Park sign on Indian Hill Road has been stolen or vandalized. Two months ago, signs at both of the park's entrances were removed following acts of vandalism, according to Dan Keefe, deputy public information officer for New York State Office of Parks and Historic Preservation. The signs were replaced.
There have also been multiple reports of vandalism to the entrance sign of Trump Park Residences, a 141-unit complex in Shrub Oak, according to the Yorktown Police Department. Specifically, in both instances, the "T" in Trump was reported stolen.