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Jackie Robinson Statue Defacement Leads To $50,000 Reward For Information

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JACKIE ROBINSON STATUE
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09: A statue of Pee Wee Reese (L) and Jackie Robinson, stands after being cleaned of racist graffiti on August 9, 2013 in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Robinson broke the color barrier for Major League Baseball in 1947 when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and Reese was a teammate and supporter. The statue, which was unveiled in 2005, was recently defaced with racist graffitti and the city recently finished restoring the statue using | Getty

NEW YORK -- The reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for defacing a statue of Jackie Robinson in New York with swastikas and hate speech is now $50,000.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation says Friday it has received two donations totaling $40,000. The Daily News has offered $10,000 for information in the case.

On Wednesday, the words "Heil Hitler," an expletive and racist epithets were discovered scrawled on the statue in black marker. The statute of Jackie Robinson and a teammate stands outside Brooklyn's minor league baseball stadium.

The New York City Parks Department removed the hate speech Thursday.

The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/11SAUVx) $20,000 of the reward money was donated by foundation board member Joe Plumeri. The other $20,000 was donated anonymously.

Police are still investigating.

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com

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