Putrid perpetrator leaves stink bombs at Copper Mountain tavern
The staff of Tucker’s Tavern at Copper Mountain found a smelly surprise on their patio last Thursday, Sept. 17. Surveillance cameras captured footage of an unidentified man throwing a plastic bottle filled with a foul smelling liquid onto the porch, around 9:10 p.m.
The older, white male, who was wearing a blue/green jacket, tan pants and a light-colored baseball cap, is the sole suspect so far.
“We want to figure out who this individual is and what his motivations are,” Summit County Sheriff John Minor said. “It needs to stop.”
He added that the “stink bombs” were, at minimum, a form of harassment and criminal tampering.
This is the sixth reported instance of a similar looking man throwing “stink bombs” onto the patio of the tavern. It all started back in March of 2012, when the owner found a putrid substance poured over the floor and front door. Later on, they found a jar containing a frozen mixture of the liquid taped underneath a bar chair.
Taneil Ilano, a public information officer for the Summit County Sheriff’s office, said that investigators suspect the substance might be animal urine used by hunters to lure wildlife.
As the instances repeated periodically, the tavern installed a security camera in 2013, which last photographed the putrid perpetrator in 2014. Minor added that photo taken from Thursday’s incident is the best they have.
“We’d really like some help in trying to identify this individual, so we can pay him a visit,” he said. “I would imagine that he lives in the area or visits the area frequently and has some kind of beef with Tucker’s Tavern.”
However, he noted that after speaking with the owners of the tavern, none were aware of any particular grudge against their establishment.
A security officer with the Copper Mountain Resort Association said he was aware of the incident but did not offer any further comment.
To submit a tip about the case to the Summit County Sheriff’s office, contact detective Rob Pearce at (970) 423-8940 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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