RIFLE — Police are following leads into who is responsible for more than 50 instances of graffiti vandalism to Rifle businesses and homes over the past two weeks, Lt. J.R. Boulton said Thursday.
The spray-painted graffiti, which Boulton said investigators do not believe is gang-related, began to be reported on Monday, Dec. 2, and Tuesday, Dec. 3, followed by Monday, Dec. 9, and Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Areas affected included Railroad Avenue, Aspen Avenue, Fifth Street, Centennial Park, East Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Streets, a building at an abandoned business on Airport Road, the 100 block of White River and “a lot of it” in Palomino Park, Boulton noted.
“The time frames are kind of sketchy, some in the morning, some in the evening, three in the afternoon,” he said. “We do have leads we’re following up, but we ask people who may know anything to give us a call.”
Boulton also urged businesses that had been hit to clean off the graffiti as soon as possible, “So we don’t get any tagging.”
He also asked businesses with video surveillance in the areas affected to check their recordings and let police know if they find anything suspicious.
“It’s hard to say” if more than one person might be involved, Boulton said. “But so far, nothing our gang experts have told us would indicate it’s gang related.”
Boulton said police hope to get the vandalism incidents on the Crimestoppers of Garfield County program, where anonymous information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the graffiti vandal can lead to a $1,000 reward.
Anyone with information about these incidents can call the county Emergency Communications Center at 970-625-8095.