(JTA) — A 20-year-old man was arrested for knocking over a 9-foot menorah at the University of Illinois in Champaign.
Kristy, who does not attend the university, was caught on a surveillance camera pushing the menorah until it snapped at the base. The electrical wiring inside also was damaged.
The menorah also was knocked over in April; the police have not connected the two incidents.
Kristy reportedly told police he was drunk at the time of the incident and planned to take the menorah as a gift to a Jewish friend, the News-Gazette reported. The friend confirmed to police that the two had talked about what he had done, according to the News-Gazette.
Police said Kristy will not be charged with a hate crime because the vandalism was not directed at a specific person.
Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel of the Illini Chabad center said after the second incident that he was raising money to replace the vandalized menorah with a larger and sturdier one.