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Vandalism at Duke Gardens will cost thousands


DURHAM, NC (AP) -- Police are searching for suspects who vandalized the famous Duke Gardens, breaking dozens of pots and damaging a sculpture.

Authorities in Durham say the vandalism occurred sometime over the weekend, with about 40 terra cotta pots imported from Italy being damaged. A sculpture in one of the park's fountains was also damaged along with a sign.

The Sarah P. Duke Gardens, which dates to the 1930's, is one of the university's most famous features. The 55-acre attraction draws more than 300,000 visitors a year.

William LeFevre says the extent of the damage is still being tallied, but that officials expect it to cost thousands of dollars.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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