Vintage WWII-era B-25 bomber 'Panchito' damaged during Sun-N-Fun event

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Lakeland Police say the plane was damaged with a deep scratch -- approximately 18" long and about 6 feet off the ground -- to the exterior portion of the plane on the left side in the area of the fuselage.

Lakeland, Florida -- Lakeland Police are asking for the public's help gathering information about how a B-25 airplane that was part of the Sun-N-Fun event last weekend got damaged.

Police say sometime between 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 and 9 a.m. on Sunday April 14, the plane was damaged with a deep scratch -- approximately 18" long and about 6 feet off the ground -- to the exterior portion of the plane on the left side in the area of the fuselage.

The plane, named "Panchito," was parked near the beer tent for spectators to observe.

The owners, who are regulars of the event, say the estimated cost to repair the scratch is approximately $30,000.

If anyone has any information, we ask that they contact the Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-6900, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477. To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers.

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