Art vandal eludes police in the Heights

Vandal caused estimated $10,000 in damages

HOSUTON - Houston authorities are offering a cash reward for whoever vandalized an art project in the Heights.

At around 6 p.m. Saturday, investigators said someone vandalized the piece of colorful, handcrafted yarn work in the 11600 block of Heights Boulevard. The project stood at a running trail in the area.

Mary Goldsby wanted to share her love for art with her community and enlisted dozens of helpful hands.

"They're all handmade pieces that are knitted or crocheted," said Goldsby.

The street art was part of an international movement called "yarn bombing."

With approval from the city, the group turned an iron structure off Heights Boulevard into a stain glass window of sorts wrapped with yarn.

But just one week after the display went up, Goldsby said a vandal destroyed their work.

Witnesses said Saturday night they noticed a middle-aged woman cutting into the exhibit. They didn't realize she was vandalizing it until it was too late.

Investigators said the vandal caused around $10,000 in damages to the project. So far, the suspect has managed to elude authorities, but Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

If you know anything, give Crime Stoppers a call at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

Goldsby said she's not giving up. She and her team are already working on a new piece of art that will stand in the same spot.

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