The ONLY Newspaper Devoted to Selinsgrove! VANDALISM ON YOUR BLOCK? THE OSN WILL INVESTIGATE! Please email news tips to Hildelysiak@gmail.com
By Hilde Kate Lysiak
Exclusive video received by the OSN shows two people carrying off the huge business sign early Saturday morning in downtown Selinsgrove.
The four foot high custom made wooden sign was stolen from outside of Uniquely Sakura, a popular jewelry store located on 22 Walnut Street.
First, a man knocks the sign over and walks South on Market Street. Just a few minutes later the footage shows two people picking it up — along with two witnesses a short distance behind.
“It (the sign) is laying down in the video. You can see they bend over and pick it up then it’s gone,”Cheri DeSiena, the owner told the Orange Street News.
The crime took place at 1:15 am on Saturday morning, according to the time on the video that was caught by Original Italian Pizza’s cameras.
DeSiena has a good idea of who might be involved: the students at Susquehanna University. She has seen the students cause destruction to her property with her own eyes.
“It was only about a year ago I watched a group of students trample the one (sign) that I had on the corner of Water and Walnut. So it is not the first time,” said DeSiena.
She reported the recent incident to the Selinsgrove police who told her they are going to speak to the school security.
“The police said they would report it to college security and proclaimed that it was likely students,” said DeSiena.
Vandalism has been a serious problem in Selinsgrove.
Last month a patriotic Selinsgrove women had her flag stolen — for the tenth time!
On April 2nd, police caught a Susquehanna University student allegedly ripping up the plants at the Commons. In an exclusive interview, the student confessed to the destruction to the OSN.
DeSiena says the sign is important for advertising. She is hoping someone will come forward who saw the vandal Friday night.
“Why?” she asked. “What could they possibly need to do that for?”
If anyone has any information on who stole Cheri’s sign please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.