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Breck cops seek info on building taggers

JANE STEBBINS

BRECKENRIDGE – The work is that of talented spray paint artists, with shaded swirls and jaunty letters. One reads “Sethone,” in dramatic, flame-like, gray-blue letters. Another features a smiling water drop, hands at its side, its finger pointed at angles from the sides like guns. Some of it is indecipherable.

Anywhere else, it might be considered art. But since the graffiti was painted inside an empty foundation and on the walls of the building that houses Canary in a Clothes Mine, it’s a crime.

The owners of the apparel store at 113 S. Main St. called the police department May 9 to notify them of the graffiti. They said the building had been vandalized numerous times in the past several months, but they opted to repaint it instead of calling the police.

No one answered the phone at the apparel store Tuesday.

Besides the pictorials, the words “Diesel,” “Sweat LT,” “Enemy,” “AJF,” “Sethone” and “2004” were painted on the structure and foundation wall in the alley. It is unknown if the graffiti is gang-related.

“It was apparent that whoever had painted it spent considerable time as the designs were fairly involved,” said Crystal Dean of the Breckenridge Police Department. “Our officers are working with the high school to see if it looks like anybody’s work.”

Investigators have a few leads in the case.

“My guess is that it’s a teenager, wanna-be, listen-to-rap type, but that’s only a shot in the dark,” said officer Ted Schnack, who is helping investigate the case. “I don’t think Breckenridge is being invaded by gangs. We just don’t see that type of activity. But it’s not unusual for things like this to pop up occasionally. I think that’s their way to express themselves, their way of saying, ‘This is me.'”

Whoever did the painting couldn’t have picked an easier place to do it. Protected by the walls of the foundation and under the cover of night, the vandals were able to take their time.

“It wasn’t someone just spraying the walls,” Schnack said. “It’s the perfect place to go. Once you’re inside, no one can see you. This (graffiti) would have taken time and effort.”

Other graffiti in the shape of a bright red heart was reported on the garage door of a house located at 115 S. French St., and more was reported along the rec path under French Street. It is unknown if the three are related.

“It’s hard to say,” Schnack said. “The one on the garage door, it could be any kind of scribbling.”

Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call the Breckenridge Police Department at (970) 453-2941. Or if you wish to remain anonymous, contact Summit County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-453-STOP. You could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or jstebbins@summitdaily.com.


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