Stolen welcome signs recovered

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— For close to two months, two $5,000 signs welcoming visitors to Steamboat Springs had been missing.
The wooden signs will be placed back at their resting spots soon. The stolen property was recovered about 7:20 p.m. Thursday.
The signs were recovered by Sheriff Deputy Doug Scherar when he was called to an apartment at the D Bar K, 35825 E. U.S. 40, said Art Fiebing, assistant police chief.
Currently, the signs which are carved into wood are in the possession of the Steamboat Springs Police Department.
"We are going to investigate this theft further," Fiebing said. "We want to find out who stole the signs."
Investigator Robert Delvalle has been assigned to the case.
"The signs were found in a room that was abandoned by a tenant," Delvalle said. "We are trying to get more information about the tenant."
Delvalle would not give any additional information regarding the investigation.
Workers at the D Bar K called authorities after finding the signs in the room, Delvalle said.
The signs were stolen between noon and 4 p.m. July 22. The sign on the east end of town was stolen from its spot at the intersection of U.S. 40 and East Pine Grove Road. The sign west of the city was stolen from the 1300 block of Lincoln Avenue.
Part of the "Welcome" on one of the signs has been damaged, Delvalle said.
"There is a pretty lengthy split that separates the top of the sign from the bottom of the sign," he said.
Police discovered the signs had been stolen when Don Woodsmith reported the theft.
Woodsmith made the signs for the city 10 years ago and maintains them every year, Fiebing said.
Before the signs are put back in their place, Fiebing is going to contact Woodsmith so he can make any necessary repairs, he said.
"They are real beautiful signs," he said. "They are real fancy. We should be able to get them up pretty quick. There is no reason to let them sit here."

To reach Gary E. Salazar call 871-4205 or e-mail gsalazar@amigo.net

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