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Grand Lake: Kids apologize publicly for stealing heavy equipment keys

by Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News

A multi-day prank carried out by two Grand Lake youngsters became a menace to the town’s public works department.

Two adolescents were reprimanded by the town recently for stealing keys out of maintenance equipment.

The teems claimed they had no intent to use the bagfuls of keys.

One of the kids said they were simply “caught in the moment.”

The thefts affected not only the town’s public works, but other local citizens who own large machinery.

The loss and replacement of the sets of keys set the town back an estimated “$1,000 a day the machines weren’t running,” said Grand Lake Trustee Jim Peterson.

“It was a crime spree, not a one-time thing,” said Town Manager Shane Hale. “They did this to the community, they should repay the community.”

Once they were identified by a citizen, allegedly someone who caught them in the act, instead of pressing charges town officials opted to hold them accountable with community service assignments and formal apologies.

The boys were directed to write letters of apology as well as clean the town’s modular building.

The boys spent a total of eight hours the last two Fridays cleaning, they said.

In addition, the boys attended Monday night’s town board meeting with their parents, and each stood before trustees and the mayor to offer a verbal apology.

“I just want to say I’m sorry for all the trouble we’ve caused the town of Grand Lake,” one boy said.

“We didn’t know why we were doing it; we just did it for kicks and giggles, I guess.”

” To reach Tonya Bina call 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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