Steamboat police officers look into new graffiti

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— Steamboat Springs Police Department officers are investigating new graffiti that was left in the Howelsen Hill area.

A police car was vandalized sometime late Thursday night or early Friday morning with a line of spray paint. Dugouts, kiosks, a trailer and the Howelsen Tunnel also were hit by the vandal. The Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department had the damage cleaned up by mid-morning Friday.

Some of the graffiti was profane, and Triple Crown Sports World Series staff members did not want their youth players to see it.

“I just said, ‘We’ve got to get that out of there right now,’” Triple Crown staff member Bill Pilcher said, referring to the words sprayed on a dugout. “That’s not a word you use.”

Triple Crown staff members were grateful for the city’s quick response.

“It’s credit to your guys’ Parks and Recreation Department,” Triple Crown staff member Ken Prorok said. “They do a tremendous job.”

Gasoline was used to remove the spray paint from smooth surfaces, and the graffiti in the Howelsen Tunnel was painted over.

Steamboat Police Sgt. Gerard Geis said based on the style of the graffiti, officers think it was done by the same person suspected of recently tagging other property in Steamboat.

Police are reviewing surveillance camera footage to see if it provides any useful leads.

A few years ago, the city was dealing with vandalism at Howelsen Hill and on the Yampa River Core Trail. Surveillance equipment was used to help catch the person responsible.

People with information about this or any other unsolved crime are encouraged to call Routt County Crime Stoppers at 970-870-6226. People can remain anonymous and earn a cash reward.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

Comments

bandmama 3 years, 2 months ago

Ok... this tagging thing is not a good thing for the tourist trade. We rely on the people/ tourists from elsewhere for our bread and butter so to say. This is not something to be accepted as "kids being kids". makes the town look like a dump. Cameras and patrol should not be an issue. Those responsible for the tagging need to be made an example of. Kids may not be aware that 'Mom and/or Dads" job/income are reliant on the presentation of this town as a "hot spot". The total disregard of respect of so many's income is not a good thing. Forget "Biketown/Ski town or whatever Town"... we live here and dont need to be disrespected by a can of spraypaint. Saw enough of that elsewhere and dont like it here. Nip it in the bud and I am formally asking any Judge who may be 'serving the county" to give the most. This is not acceptable at all.

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Jason Miller 3 years, 2 months ago

You know what is really sad if they find the little punks doing this,they will probably get a slap on the wrist and mommy and daddy will have to pay for the damages.I would like to see who ever did this shamed,if caught.You know wearing those big sandwich board signs saying what they did.

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Phoebe Hackman 3 years, 2 months ago

Hmmm ... I wonder if stocks and pillories are still allowed in the United States :-)

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kathy foos 3 years, 2 months ago

I don't think that it would be children,they haven't done it yet in this area......Lets see... normally in city's its gangs.Since there is cocaine and meth(what about that Lisa Watts?Ok with you?) Two plus two =gangs in Steamboat and they aren't the local kids I'll be willing to bet.Why do you blame the children ? You have read of the hard drug bust's here lately ,are our children bringing them here from Mexico?NO.
Instead of busting locals consuming meth and cocaine,there are many who choose to persecute legal mj patients.Bigot's.Get the hard chemical dealers and them you will catch your "taggers".

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rhys jones 3 years, 2 months ago

You pay me $10/hr, give me handcuffs and a radio, I'll have the little s***(s) within two days.

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spidermite 3 years, 2 months ago

highway- What ? You don't have your own handcuffs?

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Phoebe Hackman 3 years, 2 months ago

lol, spidermite and highway, you two are funny :-D
sun - Yep, could certainly be gangs letting others know this is "their territory", or it could be our own kids trying to do what they think is cool. It'll be interesting to find out. Either way, I just hope they catch the farging iceholes and make it REALLY clear that we. will. NOT. tolerate this kind of thing, whether it's gangs or wannabes.

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scott selby 3 years, 2 months ago

Sun---was your post meant to be satire or sarcastic? If not....that is truly incredible. It is some punk with a can of spray paint....not taggers marking their territory in the hood. Perhaps it's just another innocent child like the kid in the library incident. Get a grip. Sometimes kids do stupid things. Somethimes kids need to be punished for doing stupid things. This kid or 20s something dude, whichever the case, will be caught. Everyone will learn who they are and yes they will be made to look stupid for their actions. Hopefully, they will learn from them. This has nothing to do with drug cartels or MMJ, althought the I LOVE Pot spray painted in the alley behing the Mac Ranch is lovely.

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bandmama 3 years, 2 months ago

Well, if it is gang related....I dont think we have much to worry about. It isn't even very good. In fact, it stinks. Which leads me to think that no gang would mark their territory with this crap. It is some young punk or two who think they are cool. See what happens when you let punks get away with things? (why yes, I am thinking about certain recent events concerning our youth and the light little slap they got for causing a bit of trouble..) Like being a parent, sometimes you have to be stern. You may not like it but in the majority of cases your "children" wont walk all over you. I am ALLLL for the sandwich board signs. On Lincoln, during lunch hour. And yes, this is the way we raised our son, you disrespect something/someone then you need to make amends. Real amends, and feel a little ashamed for being a thoughtless idiot.

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thalgard 3 years, 2 months ago

Scott...do you mean the innocent little punk who later went on a B & E spree with his brother? The one who was allegedly packing a gun while kicking in the doors of downtown businesses? Watch who you are calling an innocent little boy, FREE HUBER!

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scott selby 3 years, 2 months ago

Sorry thaigard.....my innocent comment was meant as complete and total sarcasm. Please read Sun's post and my comment directed at her. I think my feelings on the subject will be clear. It is a parent's responsibility to raise their children and correct their behavior. It is not the parents job to excuse, ignore, or blame their children's behavior on others. That extends to blaming cartels for tagging the dugouts at Howelsen, or MMJ ads for warping your child's fragile little mind, rap lyrics, tv, video games etc etc etc etc. Stand up....be a parent. If your child is the one tagging up the place of hastling individuals (yes, even the homeless) at the library.....they deserve what they get. Perhaps if parents spent less time excusing behavior and more time focussing on their kids, the natural consequences for their children would be less severe. That's not to say that in many cases parents do their best and kids make bad decisions. That's when it's time to let your son or daughter face the music. Hope that clears it up.

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rhys jones 3 years, 2 months ago

I caught a ride back from Denver once with Doug Beatty when he was Postmaster here. We traded stories the whole way, and it was a GREAT ride. Then if not now, the Postmaster had his finger on the pulse of this town as well as anybody, and knew everybody's story. I heard some great dirt, even on some heavies around here, and suffice it to say this town isn't as squeaky-clean as many might think.

One think Doug related was how, even then, Steamboat was being inundated with somewhat of a gang influence from families bailing from LA. Their kids brought advanced tagging skills with them, far beyond what we see demonstrated here, but were soon assimilated into local circles, abandoning former pursuits.

This is no cartel or gang -- it's one or two lousy punks, who have their due coming.

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