Steamboat police officers look into new graffiti |

Steamboat police officers look into new graffiti

— 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."

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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

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