April 3, 2007
Fraternity pledges have admitted to the UVa dean that they made a road trip from Charlottesville to Blacksburg back in March and ripped a Hokie Statue from its base. The statue was returned to Blacksburg Police late Monday.
Fiberglass statues of Virginia Tech's mascot that have been on display in a fundraising project have been damaged or stolen since the statues began going on display last May.
Eight to ten fraternity pledges admitted to ripping "Farmer Hokie" off his base in front of the town's municipal building on the night of March 23rd, according to Carol Wood, UVa Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs.
Wood says that she does not know that names of the students or the name of the fraternity involved. She says that the students wrote a letter of apology to the Blacksburg Partnership, which owns the bird, and offered to pay $10,000 for repairs.
Bill Aden, president of the Blacksburg Partnership, says the partnership considers the damage a crime and hopes to see charges filed. Blacksburg Police are expected to make an announcement about the case in the next few days.
Police estimate the bird statues are worth about $7,500. The suspects could be charged with felony destruction of a property, and stealing one could be considered grand larceny.