TROY, N.Y. -- Troy Police are investigating yet another case of vandalism against an Uncle Sam statue in the Collar City.
This time is was the Uncle Sam at Barker Park that was damaged. Like two others before him, the head was removed, and the body of the statue is now in storage.
Police have not made any arrests, although they have located the head of one of the statues at a home in Mechanicville and an arrest could be imminent.
In May, the Troy Police Department began investigating the discovery of graffiti painted on six locations in the downtown area, including on property adjacent to three of the Uncle Sam statues. Those statues were on 30 Third Street SE corner Broadway and 3rd west side and north side of building, 200 Broadway, Subway sandwich shop, NE corner of Broadway and 2nd Street, and near the Pioneer Bank, 21 Second Street 2nd between State and Broadway.
In June, Michael J. Siler, 22, of Watervliet was arrested by Troy Police after they say he vandalized an Uncle Sam statue on Broadway between Church Street and Third Street.
According to Troy police, the head of the "Uncle Rainbow" statue was located in mid-august in Mechanicville. The head is now secured as evidence and the investigation continues, with an arrest imminent.
Again in August, police say someone tried to knock the head off of the Uncle Sam outside the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and burned the back of its head.
The City of Troy unveiled 30 Uncle Sam fiberglass statues placed throughout the city decorated by artists and school children, known as "The Uncle Sam Project."
Ilene Frank, executive director of the Rensselear County Historical Society says the statues are meant to capture the spirit of Troy.
"There's a lot of pride in the fact that we are the home of Uncle Sam," she says.
Samuel Wilson, who established early businesses in Troy, and helped the soldiers in the war of 1812, is the inspiration for the iconic figure.
"He's a real symbol for Troy, and one that the citizens are really proud of," she adds.
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