Crime Stoppers seeks Grand County road sign vandals
June 28, 2010
The Grand County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a spree of shootings targeted at government road signs.
The latest incident took place in April when 12 signs were made indecipherable or into Swiss cheese, according to Buddy Grinstead of the sheriff’s office. Road signs were ruined by the proliferation of bullets along County Road 3 in the Williams Fork area.
Past incidents have damaged stop signs, speed-limit signs, weight-limit signs, yield signs and other types of road signs. Each sign has a value of about $50 apiece, Grinstead said.
The same problem has been occurring on U.S. Forest Service, Denver Water and Bureau of Land Management lands, with an estimated $100,000 worth of damage rendered to U.S. Forest Service signs alone in the past three years, according to Vicky Burton of the Sulphur Ranger District.
This spring, she said, one person or several people shot at seven signs and a gate near Fraser. That incident was just one of at least a half-dozen that took place this year at Williams Fork, Fraser and Winter Park.
“It’s a real waste of our tax dollars,” Burton said.
“We are replacing a lot of signs for the safety of the traveling public due to individuals taking it upon themselves – for no good reason – to destroy government property.” Grinstead said. “In our poor economic times, this is just another example of what we have to spend our tax dollars on, and it’s starting to add up to a significant amount.”
Through Crime Stoppers, the sheriff’s office is seeking any information that may lead to the arrest of individuals involved in this “reoccurring criminal mischief problem.”
Anyone with information that leads to an arrest can be rewarded up to $1,000, Grinstead said, and those with information can remain anonymous.
The Crime Stoppers hotline is 970-725-3226.