Vandals cause $50K damage at sewer plant |

Vandals cause $50K damage at sewer plant

Staff report

Garfield County sheriff’s investigators are seeking information on a break-in and vandalism at the Spring Valley sewer treatment plant.

Sometime over the weekend vandals broke into the wastewater treatment facility, smashed windows, ransacked the office, vandalized a van and stole items from the building.

The plant, on County Road 114, belongs to the Spring Valley Sanitation District.

Damage to the plant and property is estimated to be more than $50,000.

Investigators believe that several types of acid used at the wastewater treatment plant were either tampered with or taken from the facility.

“These acids are caustic and if improperly mixed or handled could be volatile,” according to a sheriff’s press release.

The sheriff’s office warns against handling suspicious containers, as these acids can cause severe burns, scars or even death. Contact law enforcement if you find such materials.

To report information about this case contact the sheriff’s office at 970-665-0220.

Crime Stoppers of Garfield County is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case. You can also leave an anonymous tip with crime stoppers by calling 970-945-0101 or by visiting

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