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Release Date: 01/27/14
Contacts: Chris Joyner, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 244-3097    

BLM offers reward in shooting range theft

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- The Bureau of Land Management is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for stealing 3,000 pounds of steel range targets from the BLM’s public shooting range at 27 ¼ Road.

The theft occurred sometime between Sept. 15, 2013 and Jan. 14, 2014. The targets are valued at more than $3,000 and awaiting installation as part of a BLM and Mesa County project to improve and upgrade the popular shooting range.

“This shooting range is heavily used, so this theft affects a number of people in the Grand Junction area,” said Grand Junction Field Manager Katie Stevens.

The targets were going to be installed as high-caliber, long-range targets. The targets are ovals cut from high-grade steel. They are approximately 1 ¾-inch thick, 3-feet high, and 2-feet wide.  The oval target is hanging from a steel frame constructed from plow blade steel.  The target is attached to the frame using 3-4 large chain links. A few of the targets are slightly smaller, but are constructed identically. 

Anyone who has information they think could be related to this theft is asked to contact the BLM Law Enforcement at 970-244-3068.

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.

Last updated: 01-29-2014