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Replacement for Scripps Ranch monolith destroyed before unveiling

Posted at 1:15 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 16:20:20-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A new monolith was supposed to be unveiled at a Scripps Ranch shopping center on Wednesday, but it was found destroyed hours before the introduction ceremony.

Several weeks ago, a mysterious monolith appeared at the Scripps Ranch Marketplace, attracting crowds and raising questions like where it came from and who put it there.

However, several days later, the monolith was removed by a group of teenagers.

The theft of the monolith was disappointing for many, including Nutmeg Bakery & Café co-owner Drew Hoffus. He told ABC 10News that his business not only had a first-class view of the monolith, but it helped bring in customers.

“This year has been a challenge for everyone … The landmarks helped us out a lot. Our business was struggling this year,” Hoffus said.

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Other people ABC 10News spoke to said it was unofficially named the “monolith of hope” because visitors and residents would touch it and take pictures with it, but it also brought them a sense of joy.

After the group of teens stole the monolith, management at the shopping center decided to replace it.

The unveiling was set for Wednesday morning, but overnight, the structure was wrecked.

“The plaque we had made speaks to dedicating the monolith to the community, to the local businesses that helped us get through this crazy year. For someone to tear it town, before it’s unveiled, it’s a little frustrating, almost sickening …,” said Hoffus.

Police are looking into surveillance footage as part their investigation.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to come forward.