Prank or crime? Vandalism on campus days before UA-ASU rivalry game

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Prank or crime? Vandalism on campus days before UA-ASU rivalry game

By Marcelino Benito. CREATED Nov 25, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Wildcat fans were still riding that high after a huge win against #5 Oregon. On Monday morning, they woke up to an unexpected sight.

"I was shocked," said UA student Chase Tsuy.

The Wildcat Family statue near the administration building was vandalized. Gold spray paint and three letters point to who's responsible.

"Doing something to our property is kind of unfortunate," said Tyler Frank, a UA junior. "This weekend we'll show them who's boss."

It comes days before teams write another chapter in this bitter rivalry.

"This game is going to be huge," said David Rayes.

Just days earlier U of A fans struck first leaving their red mark on ASU's iconic "A" in Tempe. But UAPD says what happened Monday was different.

"When you start to deface artwork or property you're taking it to a new level," said officer Joe Bermudez with UAPD.

UAPD considers this a crime. Photos spread like wildfire online. UA fans and even some ASU fans calling it a "class-less" move.

"It is ASU, but we'll be their boss some day so we'll be alright," said Frank.

Even though the statue is clean now, a faint yellow remains. the focus now is getting revenge, on the field.

"We want to go up there and kick the crap out of them," said Frank.

UAPD says they have no suspects. Depending on how much it costs to repair the statue, that person or persons responsible could face misdemeanor or felony criminal damage charges.