Vandals wreak havoc near Wyoming border

Amy Hamilton

Moffat County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of vandalism near the Wyoming state line that officials estimate may cost up to $20,000 to repair.

A monitoring system, heavy equipment and trucks at a county-owned rock crushing operation off Moffat County Road 4 have been vandalized repeatedly in the past month, said director Bill Mack of the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department.

About a dozen road signs that can cost hundreds of dollars each have been run over, Mack said.

A door has been ripped off an onsite shed and some tools have been stolen out of it, he said.

“We don’t know for sure what’s going on,” Mack said. “Usually we don’t get vandals out there.”

Mack said that it’s common to find road signs that are used as target practice with guns, but “it’s unusual for someone to run over the signs,” he said.

Sgt. Tim Jantz said the sheriff’s department has no substantial leads in the case, but charges could include felony criminal mischief and theft. A conviction could include fines of up to $500, restitution for damaged property and jail time, Jantz said.

“I think it’s been a crime of opportunity,” he said.

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or

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