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Vandals do costly harm to Lake Pueblo State Park

By Joe Dominguez, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau , j.dominguez@krdo.com
Published On: Apr 21 2013 05:21:33 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 21 2013 05:22:28 PM CDT

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PUEBLO, Colo. -

Colorado Parks and Wildlife leaders are hoping Pueblo Crime Stoppers can help them find vandals who did $10,000 in damages at Lake Pueblo State Park.

It happened between 11 p.m. Thursday, April 11 and 5 a.m. Friday, April 12.

Multiple 9-mm rounds were fired into the north and east entrance stations. An electronic message sign was also shot and two outhouse structures were vandalized and damaged.

"We believe somewhere between 25-30 rounds were fired into the buildings," said Park Manager Brad Henley. "Luckily, no one was in them at the time."

Investigators said there was extensive damage to windows, signs, and the interior and exterior finishes of the buildings.

Initial damage estimates were $4,000, but park officials discovered the cost to repair the electronic variable message sign was over $7,000 alone.

If you have information, call Pueblo Crime Stoppers, 542-7867, or submit a tip online. Providing a tip that leads to an arrest can pay a cash reward of up to $2,000. All tips are anonymous.

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