Santa Fe Crime Stoppers is offering $1,000 rewards for information leading to the arrest of those involved in two recent acts of vandalism in downtown Santa Fe.

On Monday morning, people discovered the obelisk in the center of the Plaza had been heavily spray-painted and portions of an inscription panel were broken off. Later that afternoon, an employee of India Palace, a restaurant on Don Gaspar Avenue, reported it had been seriously vandalized.

Someone had damaged walls, furniture and dishes, and spray-painted racial slurs throughout the restaurant.

"Detectives suspect the damage that occurred on the Plaza Obelisk early Monday morning may be linked to the crimes committed at India Palace," the Santa Fe Police Department said in a news release issued Thursday.

"Information received so far indicates that possibly three suspects were spray painting the monument just before 2 a.m. Monday morning," the statement said.

Tips can be submitted to or by calling 505-955-5050.

People with knowledge of the incidents also can reach Detective Ryan Romero at 505-955-5344.

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Andrew Lucero

Waiting to see the video!

Stefanie Beninato

I am glad there is a reward out for both acts of vandalism (race hatred clearly for India Palace). It does not seem that Webber cares--despite calling for a commission on statutes and obelisks...When the commission is tasked with justifying the removal of these statutes and obelisks--not studying which if any should be removed or tells us it is a done deal...And when highly placed city officials blatantly lie about the mayor's action (he never ordered anything removed in the middle of the night--on record) we are in bigger trouble than we realize.

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