Six homes vandalized with paintball gun


— At least six homes in Routt County were tagged by paint ball in the last week.
Police were called to Missouri Avenue in Old Town Steamboat on Thursday evening after a resident reported that juveniles in a Subaru had shot a paint ball on a house.
Friday, several reports of vandalism to houses were reported to Steamboat Springs police and the sheriff's office, from Val D'Isere Circle near the ski area to Steamboat Drive in Steamboat II. A motorhome owner also reported that a paint ball hit his vehicle at the KOA Campground on Friday.
Two other Steamboat homeowners reported similar vandalism over the weekend.
Steamboat Springs Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said it's not clear if the incidents happened at different times or happened all at once and were noticed by homeowners at different times.
None of the homeowners reported any significant damage, but Fiebing said once the paint ball hits property, it's reported as damage.
"Technically, if a paint ball hits the side of a house it's damage. People can be arrested for criminal mischief just for doing that," he said. "If they're under 18, we'll bring them to the station with their parents and talk it over."
Fiebing said charges could range from criminal mischief to felony assault and he reminded residents that paint guns can be dangerous.
"Those things can break windows and, if it were to hit you in the eye, it could blind you," he said. "I don't think the kids have the intent to hurt people or damage property but things happen."


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