Todd Davis

11 Arrested for Vandalism to El Paso's Star On The Mountain

El Paso police have arrested 11 people accused of vandalizing the public lights display known as Star On The Mountain.

Investigators on Monday announced the arrest of seven adults and four juveniles over the June 30 theft of some light bulbs from the iconic attraction. The display on the Franklin Mountains is illuminated throughout the year.

Six people are charged with theft and criminal trespass. The rest face criminal trespass charges.

El Paso police said all of the stolen light bulbs have been recovered.

El Paso Electric, on its website, said the first star was built by the utility in 1940 and measured about 50 feet wide. Later versions of the star led to a display of about 460 feet by nearly 380 feet, using about 150 lights.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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