Menorah Vandals Caught; Face Felony Charges

From the the News-Gazette:

Two University of Illinois students were issued notices to appear in court Monday on felony charges in connection with the fourth incidence of vandalism to the menorah outside the Chabad Center for Jewish Life over the past two years.

UI police spokesman Patrick Wade said the incident, in which one of the menorah’s branches was broken off and taken, was caught on video.

“The branch was returned later that weekend, but it reportedly no longer works,” Wade said.

Jacob R. Bassler and Nicholas R. Gustafson, who are both 18 and listed addresses in Champaign, were each cited on a preliminary charge of felony criminal damage to property after being interviewed by UI police.

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