Reward offered for arrest in scarecrow burning - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Reward offered for arrest in scarecrow burning

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COLCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

State police are investigating a fire on the town green in Colchester Tuesday night where politically themed scarecrows were on display.

The Democratic candidate scarecrows were found burning in a pile on the Colchester Town Green.

Selectmen Rosemary Coyle and James Ford are upset with the "lack of concern" and a Facebook comment by First Selectman Gregg Schuster following the incident.

"At the time, I was in a meeting with over a dozen people that will confirm it wasn't me," Schuster wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday night.

The comment upset Democrats Coyle and Ford and they are asking for a full investigation by the Colchester and state police. They said they believe the fire was intentionally set.

"We believe this type of action is indicative of the current wave of political bias that is plaguing our nation and to justify or make light of it in any way is just wrong," Ford and Coyle wrote in the letter sent to Eyewitness News. 

The scarecrows were part of a display called the "Field of Screams," which is for the annual Colchester Business Association's scarecrow contest.

"Personally, I think it was an act of vandalism," said Erica Moody, who witnessed the fire. "I don't think the Republicans would have done it because obviously they're going to blame them."

Residents said the fire was not the first on the Colchester Green in recent years. However, it was the first fire involving scarecrows.

The town's business association has put up a $250 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever's responsible.

"I of course hope whomever is responsible is caught," Gregg Schuster wrote on his Facebook page. "To that end, I have decided to personally match the $250 reward put out by the DTC. Will anyone else join me?"

Apparently, the Colchester Democratic Town Committee is putting up a $250 reward to match the Colchester Business Association's reward.

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