HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES -- Following a New Year's Day prank that temporarily turned the iconic Hollywood sign into the "Hollyweed" sign, officials announced they would increase security measures around the landmark.
A male suspect dressed in all black targeted the sign at about 3 a.m. on Sunday, according to Los Angeles police.
The unidentified vandal scaled Mount Lee, made his way over a fence and then climbed onto each of the landmark's "O" letters, officials said. He then draped those letters with black tarps so they each appeared as a lowercase "e."
Chris Baumgart, the president of the Hollywood Sign Trust, released the following statement to Eyewitness News on Monday:
This wasn't the first time the landmark had been targeted. According to the online newsletter The Cannabist, the sign was similarly edited to read "Hollyweed" in 1976.
The lettering was also changed 10 years later as part of a publicity campaign for a movie.
The prankster still remained at large as of Monday evening. If arrested, he would face a misdemeanor trespassing charge, according to police.