Silverthorne offers $2,500 reward for anyone who nabs its graffiti suspect
The Silverthorne Police Department is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the individual responsible for the “KURE” graffiti popping up in town over the past few months.
Silverthorne Police Chief John Minor said his department has documented graffiti on bridges near Interstate 70, Xcel Energy properties and on personal property, like a moving van that was tagged. He said the issue extends into other areas of Summit County along with places on the I-70 corridor like Clear Creek County.
“Even though Silverthorne is a safe community, we have better things to do with our time,” Minor said. “But it comes to a point where this person is being really annoying, so we are going to probably dedicate resources to find out who you are.”
Minor said graffiti causes damage that affects the entire community.
“Silverthorne is obviously trying to rebuild and reimagine itself over time, but once you let one piece of graffiti go, it creates an environment where more people feel like it’s okay to do that,” Minor said. “Then, it affects the quality of life in the community — I believe — because people obviously spend a lot of money to live here. … And the reason we live here is because it’s a beautiful place.”
It’s the department’s job to keep Silverthorne an attractive place to live, and graffiti also brings financial costs to the public, Minor said.
“Then there are the hard costs to the businesses that have to pay to get this cleaned up,” he continued. “It’s hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars.”
Minor said his department feels like it is closing in on a suspect, but he’s asking the community for help.
“On this issue, we believe we may know who the suspect is, but we need additional information to either confirm that we are on the right track or to say, ‘Hey, we are not on the right track,’” Minor said. “We just need someone to come forward and give us that last piece of information, and then, I think, we may be ready to move on this individual.”
Silverthorne Police Department spokesperson Kristina Nayden said anyone with information is encouraged to send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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