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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 08/07/12
Contacts: Christopher B Joyner, BLM Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 210-2126    

BLM Needs Help In Identifying Vandalism Suspect (08-06-12)


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking immediate help in identifying an individual believed responsible for damaging an archeological artifact on public lands.  

The suspect was caught on video allegedly vandalizing a petroglyph in the Bangs Canyon Special Recreation Management Area.  The alleged crime took place during late February 2012.  If anyone recognizes or has information leading to the prosecution of the suspect, please call BLM law enforcement Rangers at (303) 239-3803.  A reward may be offered for information leading to the successful prosecution of the suspect(s).

The Antiquities Act of 1906 and the Archeological Resources Protection Act of 1979, among other public laws and regulations, protects archeological resources upon the lands owned or controlled by the Government of the United States.  It is a crime to remove, damage or deface items of historic or scientific interest on federal lands.  The BLM maintains routine on-going patrol presence on multiple sites of historic or scientific interest.  However, your assistance is also requested in aiding these federal law enforcement rangers by reporting suspicious activities or crimes to BLM law enforcement officers at (303) 239-3803.

Note to media: Attached is still photos of the suspect.  We are requesting your assistance in releasing this information to the public in hopes that we can identify the person responsible for the damage. 

For more information, contact BLM Law Enforcement Ranger Bryce Stewart at (970) 244-3111.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 08-07-2012