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Debris from one of several large nutcracker soldier statues lies on the sidewalk in Nelsonville, Ohio after they were destroyed. Police have arrested three Ohio men in connection to the vandalism.

3 young Ohio men arrested in smashed nutcrackers case

NELSONVILLE, Ohio – Police in southern Ohio say they’ve cracked a case involving two large nutcracker statues that were found smashed to pieces.

Nelsonville police say they’ve arrested three young men in connection with the damage.

Twenty-four-year-old Justin Huling of Cincinnati and 23-year-old Taylor Whitehill of Mason are facing felony vandalism charges, while 24-year-old James Degrace of West Chester faces a misdemeanor charge of failure to report a crime.

The Athens Messenger reports that Huling and Whitehill were in town visiting Degrace, a student at Hocking College.

Police Sgt. Ed Kurtz says the men were drunk when they left a neighborhood bar and destroyed two nutcrackers that were decorating a main street for the holidays.

The nutcrackers cost a combined $650.

It’s unclear whether the young men yet have attorneys.

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