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Police want to know who broke off Herman’s head

The statuesque icon of Fredericksburg Trolley Tours, a conductor named “Herman,” is now headless.

Sometime Friday night, vandals broke off the head of the wooden statue that stands in front of the visitors center on Caroline Street in, said Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe.

She said it was a random act and there was no apparent motive.

“Herman” was used  to advertise the trolley company and the  times and days that tours are offered.

He also frequently appeared in photos with visitors toFredericksburg, said Dave Hurt, the manager of Fredericksburg Trolley Tours.

Herman started with the company when Butch Wimmer founded it in 1994, Hurt said.

Over the years, he’s been replaced due to damage from  age and weather.

Hurt said the company plans to replace the statue and that it will cost more than $1,000 to do so.

He said Herman was a conductor for the trolley, decked out in a conductor’s uniform and hat. Herman was named for Wimmer’s silent partner, he said.

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