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Police Looking For Women Who Vandalized Murdered Cop’s Memorial

Plymouth Township, PA – Authorities have asked the public for help in identifying two women who were caught on video as they vandalized a memorial to murdered Plymouth Township Police Officer Brad Fox.

Surveillance video of the tribute that featured a Thin Blue Line flag showed the incident occurred at about 3:24 p.m. on Sept. 26, WPVI reported.

Video showed two women rode their bicycles up the memorial site on Schuylkill River Trail and stopped.

One of the women stayed behind with the bikes and acted as a lookout while the other woman approached the memorial, the video showed.

In the video, the woman removed the American flag with a blue line through it and threw it into the brush beside the trail.

The she returned to her bike as if nothing had happened and both women pedaled away.

Police released enhanced pictures of the women on their bikes and asked for the public’s help to identify them, WPVI reported.

Officer Fox was murdered in the line of duty when he and his K9 partner, Nick, were in a foot pursuit of a hit-and-run driver on Sept. 13, 2012, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

The suspect hid on a hill adjacent to the Schuylkill River Trail, near the intersection of Conshohocken and Ernest Station Roads, and ambushed Officer Fox and K9 Nick.

Officer Fox was fatally shot and K9 Nick was wounded, the Officer Down Memorial Page reported.

The suspect shot himself in the chest twice at the scene and died.

It turned out that Officer Fox’s killer was on felony probation and the prime suspect in the disappearance of his fiancé, the Officer Down Memorial page reported.

Officer Fox, a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran, had been a member of the Plymouth Township police force for seven years when he was killed, one day before his 35th birthday.

The incident at Officer Fox’s memorial was the second one in recent history, WPVI reported.

However, it’s not clear if the women who removed the Thin Blue Line flag were the same vandals who had vandalized the memorial’s bench earlier in September.

“It’s just a shame that people had to act that way,” Officer Fox’s father, Thomas Fox, told WPVI. “It’s unnecessary. I mean, he’s a hero.”

Officer Fox’s mother, Kathy Fox, said the vandalism was an attack on the entire law enforcement community.

“That flag didn’t just represent Brad, that represents all police officers who protect all of us every day,” Kathy Fox said.

Officer Fox’s parents said the incident won’t stop them from trying to fundraise and help their community in memory of their hero son, WPVI reported.

“I hope they get caught, maybe they’ll realize what this means to a lot of people and not just my family, but all of these officers,” Kathy said.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspects has been asked to contact the Plymouth Township Police Department at 610-279-1901, WPVI reported.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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