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Someone vandalized the iconic Hollywood sign to say 'Hollyweed'

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One of the most photographed landmarks in California was vandalized at some point during the New Year's holiday weekend. 

A prankster managed to change the "Hollywood" sign that overlooks Los Angeles to read "Hollyweed." 

L.A. Police Officer Christopher Garcia told CNN the vandal used tarps to change the sign's O's to E's. 

The vandal was caught on security footage sometime between midnight and 2 a.m. PST. However, Garcia told CNN, police can't get a good description of the suspect because it was dark and raining. 

As of noon eastern time, the sign still read "Hollyweed" because police haven't been able to send a crew up to fix it, Garcia explained. 

Authorities said the sign has sensors that alert police when it's tamper with, but the sensors are only in certain spots. Garcia said the person likely came from behind the sign. 

This isn't the first time the sign has been changed to read "Hollyweed," either. 

The Los Angeles Times reports that an art student from Cal State Northridge modified the sign in 1976 to celebrate a change to the state's marijuana policy. 

Police told the L.A. Times this incident will be investigated as misdemeanor trespassing. 

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