SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – City officials are hoping to find the person responsible for placing googly eyes on the Nathanael Greene Monument in Johnson Square.
Greene was one of America's top Revolutionary War officers — second to George Washington. He lived in Savannah with his family following the war, but he died shortly after of heat stroke.
In 1902, Greene and his son's remains were moved to Johnson Square and reburied in the base of the monument.
The city posted photos of the googly-eyed monument on its Facebook page Thursday afternoon. While some left comments about the disrespectful nature of the googly eyes, others found it amusing.
"It's so funny if somebody gets arrested for this," said one commenter. "So what are you in jail for? Putting googly eyes on a monument."
"Who did this?!" the city posted, in part, on Facebook. "It may look funny, but harming our historic monuments and public property is no laughing matter, in fact, it's a crime."
They are asking anyone who has information about the person responsible to call the Savannah Police Department. Their non-emergency line is 912-652-6500.
The city of Savannah is searching for a vandal who put googly eyes on the Nathanael Greene Monument in Johnson Square.
In Georgia, criminal trespass is a misdemeanor offense. However, if the damage is more than $500, its a felony called criminal damage to property.
Included in the definition of criminal trespass is the defacing, mutilating or defiling any grave marker, monument, or memorial to one or more deceased persons who served in the military service.
This applies to Greene, who was a major general in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, and is buried in Johnson Square near his monument.
Anyone with any information on the identity of the googly eye vandal should call the Savannah police tip line at 912-525-3124.