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Police close case on altered Vt State police decals

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

It's case closed on a Vermont prison prank that made national headlines.

Someone altered an image of the state seal, inserting pigs into the artwork displayed on Vt. State police cruisers.

State officials say female inmates at the prison work center in Windsor are responsible for altering the state seal back in November 2009, putting pigs on the side of Vt. State police cruisers, but exactly who did it may remain a mystery.

"At this point all we can tell is how many women had access to the file, and who they were," Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito says. "Really being able to tell who manipulated the file last is virtually impossible without somebody stepping forward and saying I did it."

It may be case closed on the investigation, but one group is hoping to keep the image alive. They've created a Facebook page called "Save the Vermont Pigs," and now they have upwards of 1,000 fans.

"It is a really good opportunity for us to band together as Vermonters and show that we can have a laugh in a little bit of an awkward situation, and it is certainly not the first time we have done that," says Cid Sinclair with Save the Vermont Pigs.

Sinclair says this was an amazing prank and says it could be used to do some good. He would like to see the decals auctioned off-- an idea that has the support of Lt. Governor Phil Scott. He says he loves the idea.

"My point is when you are dealt lemons you make lemonade," says Scott, R-Vermont.

"I'm tickled, obviously, that he is supporting the idea anyway," Sinclair says.

We reached out to the Vermont State police multiple times for comment on Lt. Gov Phil Scott's support of the Save the Vermont Pigs movement. They say they will not issue a statement, and the remaining decals have been destroyed.

But some can still be seen riding around. Wednesday we spotted a State police car with a pig still on it. And Scott says he hopes some can be saved.

"I understand you cannot take the decals off of the vehicles without ruining them. So maybe we could even take the doors off completely and auction off the doors themselves," he says.

Both men mentioned the incredible role police and rescue officials played in picking up the pieces after Irene, and would like to see any money raised used to continue their efforts.

"I would like to donate any money we raise out of this thing to Hurricane Irene relief funds. Our neighbors are still suffering months later," Sinclair says.

Scott says the original act was disrespectful, but-- with a smile on his face he said-- now it's their turn to laugh.

"We cannot let them win and if you let it bother you then they've won," Scott says.

Pallito says only one of the inmates in question is still in prison. They say if anyone admits to doing it -- any criminal charges would come from the State police.

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