Congress Park fountain vandalized for 2nd time in Saratoga Springs

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Police in Saratoga Springs say a historic fountain in a Congress Park has been vandalized by people apparently taking out coins that had been tossed in by visitors.

Police say the Morrissey Fountain, near the Canfield Casino, was toppled over early Thursday morning. They say surveillance video shows two men and two women entering the park around 2:15 a.m. Then around 2:20 a.m. police say the two males appear to be looking in and climbing on the fountain when the fountain falls. The four are then seen running through the park toward Broadway.

The suspects all appear to be in their late teens or early 20's. The first white male: Dark hair, jeans, light colored shirt. The second white male: Dark hair, jeans, dark colored shirt. First white female: Long blonde hair, dark shirt, shorts. Second white female: Dark hair, dark pants, light colored shirt.

The fountain was installed in the 1870s near a gambling casino owned by John Morrissey, who started Saratoga's first thoroughbred racing season 150 years ago this month.

The fountain is being repaired by the city's Department of Public Works. The fountain had recently been repaired and re-installed after being knocked over in June.

Police say they're investigating both incidents.

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