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Release Date: 09/02/09
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BLM Seeking Vandals Who Damaged Toilet at Flat Top

Montrose, CO -- Law enforcement rangers with the Bureau of Land Management are looking for the vandals who damaged a vault toilet at the Flat Top off-highway vehicle staging area off of 6530 Road northeast of Montrose last weekend.

Officials with the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office say the vandalism occurred sometime in the late evening on Friday, August 21 or in the early morning hours of Saturday, August 22. An unknown explosive device was dropped into the vault toilet at the staging area, causing close to $2,000 in damages.

Rangers believe a group of people were partying in the area at the time of the incident.

“This senseless act of vandalism is not just disrespectful, it will also cost the taxpayers almost $2,000 to clean up,” said Barb Sharrow, manager of the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office. “We are seeking any information that may identify the person or people responsible.”

Punishment for those convicted of destruction of federal property includes fines of up to $100,000 and/or up to one year imprisonment.

Members of the public who have any information about the incident are encouraged to call BLM Law Enforcement Ranger Jim Maloney at 970-240-5330. The identity of anyone providing information will be kept confidential.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 09-02-2009